Monday, January 30, 2017

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-23 – Person calls about phone harassment.
1-23 – Highway Patrol and Worth County officers in for court case.
1-24 – No reports.
1-25 – Report of cattle out near Allendale; owner notified.
1-26 – Resident in to pick up statement forms.
1-26 – 911 hangup call; called the recorded phone number; child playing with phone, all OK.
1-26 – Gentry County calls to cancel warrant on wanted person.
1-26 – Resident needing a trailer inspection.
1-26 – Deputy and Family Services out on investigation.
1-26 – Resident calls to report an accident south of Sheridan Y; officer investigating.
1-27 – Several traffic checks by officer.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Springfield fisherman takes state-record bigmouth buffalo

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that John Paul Morris of Springfield became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a bigmouth buffalo on a private pond in Henry County using a bow and arrow. The new alternative method record bigmouth buffalo taken by Morris Jan. 21 weighed 57 pounds, 13 ounces. It measured at 39 inches with a girth of 32 inches. The fish was shot on a coal mine strip pit.
"Several of my friends and I shot at this bigmouth buffalo in eight feet of water and none of us connected," said Morris. "So we moved on and then the fish came up from behind the boat on our wake. That?s when I got an arrow in it."
Morris added everyone in the group knew the fish was pretty big, but didn't know it was a state record.
"Once we got it in the boat, it seemed to just get bigger," Morris said. "I knew the Missouri bigmouth buffalo record was in the mid-50s, and once we found out how much the fish I brought in weighed, I was ecstatic!"
The new bigmouth buffalo broke the previous alternative-method state record of 54 pounds taken on Pomme de Terre Lake in 2015.
MDC staff verified the new record-weight fish using a certified scale at Lost Valley Fish Hatchery in Warsaw.
John Paul said his dad Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, was very excited that he got the state-record bigmouth buffalo.
"I plan on mounting this fish and placing it on the wall, he said. "I have caught a lot big fish while bowfishing, but this one means a lot to me because this is the first time I have ever broken a state record."
Missouri state-record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Bowfishing is considered an alternative method and consist of a bow or crossbow that shoots arrows attached to a string so that the fish can be retrieved after they're pierced. Other alternative methods include: throwlines, trotlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, and atlatl.
For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at

Obituary -- Joan Mullock 1938-2017

Joan Mullock, 78 passed away Wednesday morning January 25th, 2017 at the Maryville Living Center, Maryville, MO.

Joan was born July 7, 1938 to Leslie Arch and Hester Pauline Weigart in Sacramento, California.  She graduated from Grant City High School in 1956 and married Burl Eldon Mullock June 10, 1956.   They resided in Frankfurt, Germany until Burl’s military tour of duty was completed.  They then moved to the family farm, east of Parnell where she was a lifelong homemaker. 

Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 57 years in 2014 and her granddaughter, Traci Mullock.

She is survived by her 4 children; Steve (Joni) Mullock of Ravenwood, MO; Kathy (Mike) Brand of Ravenwood, MO; Jerry (Elaine) Mullock of Grant City, MO and Don (Barb) Mullock of Parnell, MO; 13 grandchildren, Tara, Brandi, Brigett, Tina, Andrew, Bob, Laura, Alex, Eli, Michael, Jonathan, Katie, and T.J.;  14 great-grandchildren; Preston, Levi, Bailey, Bria, Blayne, Iliya, Thayer, Hayes, Ryker, Jace, Ian,  Lily, Matthew, and Claire; and brother Harley Weigart of St. Joseph, MO.
She was an active member of the Parnell United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, cake decorating and time with her family and friends.  Joan and Burl enjoyed many of the last winter years with their family of friends in “The Grove”, San Juan, Texas. 

Visitation was held Friday, January 27 from 6-8 P.M. at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO.  Celebration of Life services took place at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, January 28 with final resting place in the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, MO.  Donations may be made to the Parnell United Methodist Church or to the Oxford Cemetery. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Female Mountain Lion Spotted in Missouri

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently received DNA results from a confirmed mountain lion in Shannon County. Those results indicated the mountain lion was a female with a probable origin in"the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota, and Northwest Nebraska. This is the first definitive confirmation of a female mountain lion being present in Missouri since 1994.

"Mountain lions are still rare in Missouri," said MDC Wildlife Management Coordinator Alan Leary. "The detection of a female increases the likelihood that breeding could occur within the state, but at this point we don’t have evidence that a breeding population exists in Missouri."

In 1996, the Department established its Mountain Lion Response Team (MLRT) with specially-trained staff to investigate reports and evidence of mountain lions. Since then, all mountain lion sightings confirmed by the MLRT have either proven to be males, or have provided insufficient evidence to determine the animal"s sex.

Since 1994, MDC has recorded 68 confirmed mountain lion sightings in the state. On Jan. 21, MDC confirmed a male mountain lion was struck and killed by a vehicle on Interstate 70 in Warren County.

Confirmations have become more common in recent years, likely due to a combination of factors, according to MDC Furbearer Biologist Laura Conlee.

"We know the mountain lion population has grown in western states, and that could translate to more dispersing mountain lions making their way into Missouri, but we have also gotten better at finding them," Conlee said. "As technology has advanced, We've seen an explosion in the numbers of game cameras across the Missouri landscape. We've also established more efficient methods for reporting and investigating mountain lion sightings. These factors all likely play a role in the increased number of confirmed mountain lion sightings in our state."

The risk of a mountain lion attack in Missouri remains highly unlikely. No mountain lion attack on a human has ever been recorded in the state. People, livestock, and pets face a much greater risk from familiar dangers we encounter including automobiles, stray dogs, and lightning strikes.

MDC has never stocked or released mountain lions in Missouri and has no plans to do so. However, the Department wants to learn more about these rare animals and encourages all citizens to report sightings, physical evidence, or other incidents so they can be investigated.

Anyone with information about a mountain lion can file a report with the Mountain Lion Response Team at

To learn more about mountain lions, and to view a map of confirmed sightings in Missouri, visit

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Mustang Boys Avenge Trojan Loss

North Nodaway’s boys, after winning handily at home 60-26 against Osborn, were bound and determined to avenge their tournament loss to Nodaway-Holt, in which Augustus Hoepker was fouled at the buzzer and missed one out of three free throws as North Nodaway fell 45-44. They jumped out to a 9-0 lead, extended it to 13, and then weathered a Trojan storm to come away with a 45-41 win Friday night. The girls’ job was much easier – after beating Osborn, they picked up a forfeit as Nodaway-Holt didn’t have enough players as only four showed up to school that day.
Peyton Coleman got loose early as he hit a 3-pointer from the left wing and scored off a drive and a transition bucked; he assisted on another as he hit Arron Coleman backdoor and he converted it to two free throws as North Nodaway led 9-0.

Despite Nodaway-Holt skipper Kevin Dodson and a good portion of the Trojan fans screaming at the Trojan players to get it into Logan Zimmerman, much taller than any of the Mustang players, North Nodaway made it stand up despite a six minute scoring drought that extended into the second quarter. One critical miscue happened for Nodaway-Holt happened on the administrative end as the scorekeeper erroneously gave North Nodaway player Cole Bird a free throw even though it went astray and nobody caught it in time. That was the only other tally that North Nodaway had until the second as the Trojans cut it to 10-4 after one.

Finally, Peyton Coleman went coast to coast for a 3-pointer and Augustus Hoepker saved one to Dakota Smyser to make it 15-4. Brody Day’s triple cut it to 17-9, but Dakota hit a 3-pointer with a defender in his face and Peyton Coleman took on Zimmerman and got on the line to make it 22-9 with 3:46 left in the half.

A jumped pass for Zimmerman and a drive and pullup for Coleman was the only other scoring for the next few minutes until finally, Nodaway-Holt, which always seems to play better when behind, started clicking early in the third while North Nodaway started throwing the ball away. Coach Jake Shipman burned two timeouts to no avail as the lead all but disappeared, down to 24-22 with 4:23 left in the third. Coleman connected with a drive with 4:11 left, but Kaiden Vance’s triple finally put Nodaway-Holt up for the first time at 27-26. Cole Bird’s putback made it 28-27, but then Vance got loose behind the Mustang defense to put his team back up 29-28 after three.

Peyton Coleman got going again for North Nodaway, faking a drive and then stepping back for a triple to put North Nodaway back in front to start the scoring in the fourth 31-29. Brody Day’s follow tied it, but Cole Bird got a putback with 6:40 left, sending Day to the bench with foul fouls in the process and converting a 3-point play to make it 34-31. Tucker Schwebach’s drive made it 34-33, but Peyton Coleman countered with another step-back triple to make it 37-33 with 5:12 left. But then Nodaway-Holt finally got it into Zimmerman and Schwebach added a steal to tie it up again at 37.

But then Dakota Smyser worked the high low to Arron Coleman perfectly to put North Nodaway up 39-37 with 2:45 left, and that lead stood up despite Nodaway-Holt’s best efforts. Cole Bird stuffed the much taller Logan Zimmerman on one possession. On another, Tucker Schwebach was racing down the floor for a possible game-tying layup after Hoepker had missed a 3-pointer that would have given North Nodaway some cushion; however, the much smaller Dakota Smyser stuffed Schwebach from behind to deny the layup try and Cole Bird was there for a huge defensive board.

Finally, Dakota Smyser beat the press as Nodaway-Holt overextended and Peyton Coleman aired out the ball to him. He made one of two free throws with 1:21 left to make it 40-37.

Nodaway-Holt missed a game-tying three-pointer, but Zimmerman was there for the offensive board and he hit one of two to make it 40-38. Once again, the Trojans overextended on their press and Peyton Coleman aired it out to Arron for a layup to make it 42-38 with one minute left. Peyton Coleman stole a pass intended for Zimmerman inside, but he couldn’t convert a one and one with 40.4 seconds left, and James Chesnut was all alone for a 3-pointer with 31.8 seconds left to make it 42-41 as nobody matched up with him.

North Nodaway got it into Augustus Hoepker, and this time he would not be denied at the free throw line as he hit both to make it 44-41 with 30.5 seconds left. Day’s 3-pointer that would have tied it instead hit the overhanging support and Coleman hit one of two from the line to make it 45-41 with 16 seconds left.

Day attempted another triple for the Trojans with time running out, but it missed and North Nodaway got the board after a huge scramble to preserve the win.

Regan Allee Shatters School Three Point (Again), Single Game Scoring Records

With a shocking display of passing and scoring, Worth County posted its fourth straight win, the longest winning streak since 2007 as Tiger Nation downed Nodaway-Holt 73-39 in the first round of the Northwest Missouri Tournament. The Trojans were overmatched and only dressed out five players for Monday’s game, but it was still an impressive display from the Tigers.

It was another record-setting night for Regan, as she broke some records Monday night. She broke the single game freshman record held jointly by her and teammate Anna Gladstone; the previous single game record for a freshman was 24. She shattered her own record for 3-pointers in a game after she had gotten seven against Pattonsburg the week before; she posted 11 against Nodaway-Holt. She then shattered the single game scoring record with 35 points; that broke the record held by her aunt, Becky Fletcher (now Thomas), who had 33 points in 1997 against North Harrison.

Worth County started off with a flurry as Regan Allee hit two triples and Kristin New one in the first 2:19 of the game. Anna Gladstone had all three assists. They didn’t score for a few more minutes, but all of a sudden realized that Regan Allee was back at full strength after sustaining an ankle injury a few weeks before. She scored two free throws off a drive and added three more triples before the end of the quarter as Sidney Troutwine fed her twice and Aubrey Ragan once and Jessi Badell added a free throw as Worth County led 21-4 after one.

Nodaway-Holt went down to four players at the start of the second as one of their players was shaken up, which didn’t seem to matter as Worth County got tentative and didn’t know what to do at first. But when the Trojans were back up to five, Worth County woke up and started scoring again. Kaylee McElvain scored a backdoor look from Payton Adwell and Adwell and Gladstone added putbacks to make it 30-6. Jessi Badell scored off a high-low pass and Regan Allee hit two more triples to get her up to seven at the half, with Worth County leading 38-12.

Regan Allee went over the school mark at the 6:18 mark in the third quarter after Anna Gladstone had kept a possession alive with an offensive board and kicked it out to her, shattering the freshman mark in the process and getting up to 26. The only tense point was whether Allee would break the single game scoring mark.

In the meantime, Anna Gladstone got a couple of good backdoor looks from Merrideth Spiers and Kristin New. Finally, Regan Allee got her 9th and 10th triples after Anna fed her the ball two more times, putting her up to 32 points, one short of the record. After making her first 10, Regan Allee missed a couple. But with time running out and Coach Les New ready to clear the bench for the fourth quarter, Sidney Troutwine hit Regan Allee with 40 seconds left to put her over the mark, giving her 35 points off 11 for 13 shooting from behind the arc.

With Regan on the bench in the fourth, everyone else got to score. Aubrey Ragan scored off a backdoor look from Payton Adwell, while Payton scored off a backdoor look from Jessi Badell. Badell then threw up a prayer off a pass from Dominique Findley and converted it into a 3-point play; she has gotten to where she makes one of those every game. Payton scored again, this time from the high post, Jessi Badell had a monster stuff on defense, and Hannah McElvain hit Dominique Findley for a triple with time running out in the fourth.

Regan Allee had 35 points for the Tigers. Anna Gladstone had 10, Payton Adwell, Kaylee McElvain, and Jessi Badell had 6 each, Kristin New and Dominique Findley had 3 each, and Aubrey Ragan and Merrideth Spiers had 2.

Merrideth Spiers and Anna Gladstone had 2 blocks each, while Jessi Badell had 1.

Anna Gladstone had 7 assists, while Sidney Troutwine had 5.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Regan Allee Breaks Single Game Three Point Record; Tiger Girls Post Longest Winning Streak Since 2007

Worth County's girls posted their longest winning streak since 2007, posting their first three-game winning streak since then with a 61-40 win over Pattonsburg Friday. They also posted a 63-29 win over one-win St. Joseph Christian after beating Albany earlier last week.

Regan Allee set a school record for most three-pointers in the game with seven 3-pointers. That was one more than the previous record of six. It was set twice; the first time was Liz Lasman, who hit six against North Nodaway on December 11th, 2001. On February 12th, 2002, teammate Kayna Wake (now Cameron) also hit six, this time against Stanberry. Lasman still holds the single season record with 68, followed by Wake with 41 during the 2001-2002 season.

Pattonsburg kept the game close and trailed 28-19 at the half, but Worth County pulled away with 25 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Jessi Badell had 12 points, her best showing since the first game of the year. Kristin New and Anna Gladstone had 9 each, Kaylee McElvain had 5 each, Payton Adwell had 4, and Nevada Hoff had 1.

The boys split the week after beating Albany, falling to Christian 35-34 and then turning around and beating Pattonsburg 58-27 to get back on the winning track heading into the Northwest Missouri Tournament.

School Board Rehires Dr. Martz, Hires Three New Personnel

The Worth County School Board voted to rehire Superintendent Dr. Matt Martz following their regular School Board meeting Thursday evening. They also hired three new personnel following a lengthy closed session that lasted from 8:10 that evening until 11:10.

Added to the Substitute Teacher list was Morgan Quick. Darin Drury was hired as a Paraprofessional for the remainder of the 2016-2017 school year. Hired for a probationary teacher for the 2017-2018 school year was Ashton Lewis. Board member Tyler Steele abstained from the vote to rehire Dr. Martz. The other votes were all unanimous.

The board received the annual evaluation of student activities. It was rated “Above Average” this year by Dr. Martz. Strengths include the fact that 90% of junior high and high school students are involved in extracurricular activities, a high level of accomplishment in music, athletic, academic, and co-curricular activities, facility improvements of the track, stadium seating, gym, and ball diamond, new technology and timing system, the fact that all coaches are trained in CPR, AED, and concussion management, and the addition of new red rock to the ball diamond. Concerns listed include the need for a new equipment shed for the ball diamond as well as the need for new aluminum bleachers for the ball diamond as well as the need to maintain the uniform replacement cycle.

Other concerns listed include the fact that student organizations conduct a lot of fundraising activities in order to participate at the state and national level. Dr. Martz recommended that the district cover expenses for lodging and transportation to state-level activities. The school continues to use athletic coaches and cheer coaches outside the school staff. Dr. Martz said priority needs to be given to staff members that meet the qualifications. Another challenge includes coordinating practice times due to crossover. The stage is not available during basketball practices and if football or softball needs to move indoors due to inclement weather for choral and drama practice. When students are involved in activities that take them off campus, the concern is they lose class time, which Dr. Martz said in his report was impacting other students’ work as well.

The main recommendation was that the school continue to study how to minimize loss of class time for students involved in extracurricular activities.

The technology program was rated as “Above Average.” Strengths listed include the student to device ratio, network speed, and the professional development of teachers. Concerns listed include the fact that 248 of 344 Chromebooks, the devices that are used for state testing, are nearing their “end of life,” meaning that many of the features the school uses will no longer work after a certain date. These devices will not be able to be used for state testing in Spring of 2018. The school will implement a rotation of replacement plan to spread the costs over several years.

High School Principal Jon Adwell reported that the school has had character education speakers over to the school. Judge Joel Miller spoke about integrity and doing the right thing when nobody was watching. Bill Tracy talked about civic duties, what you can do for your community and country, and spoke about the Vietnam War. State Representative Allen Andrews talked about focus and purpose, while Cody Green talked about respect and compassion. Students were taught about how to act at assemblies, cyber-safety, and self-improvement.

There was one office referral that resulted in an after-school detention. There were four cell phone infractions.

Adwell reported that the school is working on the schedule so that there would be more elective offerings in the schedule for next year.

Elementary Principal Chuck Borey reported that there were 25 office referrals for the second quarter compared to 17 last year. By grade: Kindergarten – 1; 1st – 2; 2nd – 0; 3rd – 18; 4th – 1; 5th – 0; 6th – 3. Attendance was 96.44%. Enrollment as of 1/19/2017 was 151 students.

A Spelling Bee was held at the Elementary Activity Center. Joshua Freed won while Payton Poppa was second. Those two will participate in the Regional Spelling Bee in St. Joseph on March 11th. The alternates are Justin Dye and Ethan Frese.

Students are participating in Jump Rope for Heart this month in PE. So far, they have raised $335.

The students had a box top competition between the boys and girls. The Primary boys ended up with 1,353 box tops while the girls had 1,187. The Intermediate girls had 1,096 box tops while the boys had 988. The Primary boys and Intermediate girls had a pizza for their prize.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Referee Dan Gallagher Locked In Dressing Room at NEN Game

Referee Dan Gallagher and his crew were locked in the dressing room during the halftime of the Northeast Nodaway girls game with Mound City. Folks at Northeast Nodaway were obviously wondering where Mr. Miller was when they needed him. The door handle came out of the door, and efforts to key the door open were unsuccessful. It took Principal Dan Grove and some other volunteers along with a hammer and a screwdriver about 10 minutes to take out the top window along with the door so that Gallagher and his crew could get out so that the game could resume. "I've never had officials locked in the dressing room before," said Grove afterwards. Gallagher took the whole episode in stride; he and his crew were cheered as they reentered the playing floor. It was one of the few times the referees had won a popularity contest in recent years.

It was one of the few highlights of an otherwise forgettable night at Northeast Nodaway. The boys, after showing promise at Bethany, had every reason to keep building on it, but all hell broke loose in the first and third quarters as they fell to Mound City 60-33. Dylan Mildfeldt had 11, Rowdy West and Eli Scroggie 7 each, Spencer Weir 4, and Dylan Vore and Mitchell Sherry 2 each. The girls game was not any better, as the game got out of hand early and Northeast lost 58-25. Makayla Adwell had 15 and Gerry Runde 10.

Gerry Runde, Andrew Freemyer are NEN Homecoming Royalty

Gerry Runde and Andrew Freemyer were named Northeast Nodaway Homecoming Royalty Thursday night before Friday's game with Jefferson. Named Prince and Princess were Levi Boulting and Blair Stoll. They were crowned by last year's royalty, Jill Spire and Max Giesken, along with crownbearers Rylee Scadden and Liam Cordell. Other high school candidates were Alicia Smith, Brea Coulter, Jana Walker, Brayden Welch, Colton Wilmes, and Mitchell Sherry. Other junior high candidates were Ben Boswell and Madelynn Mattson.

A chili supper was held before the rally in the lunch room. The band and cheerleaders along with the junior cheerleaders provided entertainment during the rally. Four boys were brave enough to volunteer to be duck-taped on the wall; after a long wait, Drew Dack was the last one standing after everyone else had fallen off. During the rally, it was announced that the Northeast Nodaway cheerleaders were selected to perform at the Final Four this year. Tammy West was named Fan of the Year, while a game of "Pluck the Eagle" was held, in which the cheerleaders competed against a group of boys basketball players and a group of NEN alums. The cheerleaders won both contests.

The floats by all the classes were displayed. Due to the short week, the classes were given one day to complete the float, but they were all good, with a tie between the sophomores and the seniors. The spirit stick this year went to the sophomores, after they had split an epic rivalry with last year's senior squad. The sophomores scored 73 points out of a possible 75; they were judged on dressup days as well as the float and overall. The seniors were second, while the freshmen were third.

The annual game of musical chairs gave the alums a chance to show that they still had it. Both principals participated and one of them, Ken Grove, slipped and fell on the floor during one round, which got Mr. Proffitt agitated -- possibly about the scratch marks on his home floor.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Obituary -- James Wilson 1981-2017

Funeral Celebration of Life Services for James Wilson, age 35 of Atchison, Kansas, formerly of Bedford, Iowa who passed away unexpectedly Monday, January 16, 2017 will be held Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the United Christian Presbyterian Church in Bedford, Iowa. Visitation will be held Sunday at the UCPC Church from 1 to 5 with the family greeting friends. Interment with military rites accorded by the 139AW Airlift Wing out of Sain Joseph, Missouri will be held in the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford, Iowa. Memorials may be given in his name. Memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life.'

Technical Sergeant James Dee Spencer Wilson, age 35, of Atchison, Kansas formerly of Bedford, Iowa was born March 28, 1981 in Clarinda, Iowa to Jimmie Dale Wilson and Janice Louise Spencer Wilson. James graduated from Bedford High School in 2000. He was baptized in the United Christian Presbyterian Church and recently attended the First Christian Church in Atchison. He was a 3rd Degree Master Mason and member of Taylor Lodge #156.

James attended Iowa State University and worked at Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. In 2007 Sgt. Wilson joined the Missouri Air National Guard at Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in Saint Joseph, Missouri. That same year he attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas where he was awarded Honor Graduate. After graduating from initial training, he worked as both a Traditional Guardsman and as a Signal, Lighting, and Radio Electrician for the Missouri State Department of Transportation where, in James’s own words, “I played in the streets and made the lights work.” In 2012, Sgt. Wilson began full time service at Rosecrans as an Airfields Systems Technician with the 241st Air Traffic Control Squadron. He served in this capacity until the time of his death. 

In 2011, James married the love of his life, Michelle Robertson Lang. James became a father to Maizey the day he married Michelle. He declared his commitment to them both in a beautiful ceremony on October 21st in Walnut Grove, Missouri. In 2013, the couple welcomed a son into their family. James looked to his love of literature to select a name for his precious newborn. Atticus James Spencer Wilson was the light of his father’s life. 

As one friend eloquently stated, “He had a heart of gold, a passionate mind, and a poetic soul.” James was known for his light-hearted, teasing sense of humor. He was a life-long New York Yankees fan. James loved music, and he loved his hometown. If you were looking for James on a Saturday night, you might find him in Bedford playing bass with his band, Nine Years Gone, and laughing the night away. 

Left to cherish his memory are: wife Michelle, daughter Maizey, son Atticus all of Atchison; Parents Jim and Jan of Bedford; Sister Jina and husband Dennis Jackson (Devan, Danyelle) of Grant City, Missouri; Sister Jackie and husband Miles Spainhower (Evan, Emsley) of Maryville, Missouri; Grandmother Wilma Lee Spencer of Bedford; uncle Dennis Spencer and family of Woodbridge, Connecticut; Father and mother-in-law Jamie and Darla Robertson of Elk City, Kansas. James was preceded in death by his nephew Derrick Jackson, his paternal grandparents Kenneth and Sophie Wilson, his maternal grandfather George Spencer, and his aunt Judy Wilson.

Grief is like an ocean, it comes in waves, ebbing and flowing. 
Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. 
All we can do is learn to swim. 
-Vicki Harrison

Obituary -- Paul Matheny 1923-2017

Celebration of Life Funeral Services for Paul Matheny, age 93 of Bedford, who passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Bedford Nursing & Rehab will be held Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until service time at the funeral home. Interment with military rites accorded by the John F. Hardin American Legion Post No. 164 will be held in the Platteville Cemetery in Platteville. Memorials may be given in Paul's name. Memories may be shared with the family at Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford where we 'Celebrate Life.'

Paul Junior (Hooch) Matheny was born June 2, 1923, in Parnell, Missouri the son of Paul Collins Matheny and Margaret (Tameries) Matheny. He grew up in the Platteville area attending school. He then entered the United States Army, serving in World War II. Upon his discharge, he returned to the Nebraska area and while playing shuffle board, he met Bernice Opal Yocum, the couple were united in marriage in Clay Center, Nebraska on November 14, 1952. The couple lived in Hastings, Nebraska and in 1957, the family moved to California. In 1966, they moved to Clearfield, Iowa so Paul could help his father. Paul and Bernice lived in Clearfield where they raised their family, moving to Bedford in 1998. In 2002 Bernice's health declined and she entered the Bedford Nursing & Rehab Center where Paul lovingly visited her daily until her death on March 20, 2006.

Paul and Bernice enjoyed life, whether they were attending a sporting event for one of their children or grandchildren, or just having fun together. Always smiling and enjoying their family. Paul liked hunting and fishing when time allowed. He enjoyed singing and spending time with his grandchildren. 

Left to cherish Paul's memory are his children, Mike Crosier and wife Kathy of LeMoore, California; Joel Matheny and fiance Peggy Mattingley of North Glenn, Colorado; Jim Matheny and wife Sheila of Bedford; Jerolyn Weese and husband Mike of Council Bluffs, Iowa; Jeffery Matheny of Council Bluffs, Iowa; a brother Ron Matheny of Maryville, Missouri; fifteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; along with many other relatives and friends.

Preceding Paul in death are his parents, Paul and Margaret Matheny; his loving wife, Bernice Matheny; two sons, Jay Matheny in 1997 and Randy at infancy; a daughter and her husband, Patty and John Orndoff; a brother, Delbert Matheny; and three sisters, Mardell Straight; Isabelle Lloyd and Deloris Sanders.

Paul will be missed by his entire family.
The memories shared will remain in our hearts forever.

Obituary -- Beverly Joy Daleske 1939-2017

Beverly Joy Daleske, age 77, of Bedford passed away Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa. A celebration of life memorial service was held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 2:30 PM at the Ritchie Funeral Home in Bedford. Memorials may be directed towards the family. Memories may be shared with the family at under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.

Beverly Joy (Harsh) Daleske was born October 28, 1939 in Newton, Iowa, the daughter of Carl Harsh and Lora (Wright) Harsh. Beverly grew up in Newton, Iowa with her brother and four sisters. Beverly married William F. Daleske Jr. on August 2, 1969 in Grant City, Missouri. 

Beverly always enjoyed helping people. This was evident by her choice of employment through the years including being a head start teacher in Fraser, Iowa and working as a state social worker for the state of New Mexico, when she and Bill moved there. 

Beverly's greatest joy in life was being a mother to her six sons. It takes a special woman to raise that many boys! She always put her boys before herself and she always made sure they knew they were loved. Beverly also enjoyed being a grandmother to her twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren have many stories and special memories to remember her by. 

Left to cherish Beverly’s memory is her husband William Daleske aka "Bill on the Hill" of Bedford; hers sons Richard Wallace and wife Karen of Bedford, Ted Wallace and wife Shari of Oklahoma, Martin Wallace and wife Teresa of Hagerman New Mexico, William Daleske and wife Bernadette of Bedford and Robert Daleske and wife Lynn of Bedford; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; Sisters Kay, Mary Cheryl and Carlie; brothers in-law and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. 

Preceding Beverly in death are her parents Carl and Lora Harsh; brother Dick Harsh; son Rory Wallace and special friends Donna Eighmy and Charlotte Akers.

May Beverly be at peace in God's loving care.

Obituary -- Mildred L. "Millie" Meyer 1928-2017

Mildred Lucille “Millie” Meyer, 88, of Maryville, MO, and formerly of Conception Junction, MO, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the Parkdale Manor Care Center, Maryville.
Millie was born on March 29, 1928, in Clyde, MO, to Peter Leo and Agatha (Wolfer) Meyer.  They preceded her in death; as did her husband, Donald William Meyer, grandson, Lee Joseph Linville, great grandson, Tucker Monroe Conard, sisters, Catherine Nielson, Frances Nielson, and Marie Funderburk, and brothers, Paul Meyer, and Ernest Meyer.
Millie was a homemaker and spent all her life in the area.  She was a member and attended St. Columba Catholic Church, the St. Ann’s Altar Society, American Legion Auxiliary Post 464 Conception Junction, MO, all of Conception Junction, MO, and the Crazy Quilters Club, Maryville.
On June 24, 1947, at the Immaculate Conception Abbey in Conception, MO, she was united in marriage to Donald Willliam Meyer, he passed away on March 11, 2010.
She is survived by her children, Bill (Sue) Meyer, Platte City, MO, Steve (Ramona) Meyer, Raytown, MO, David (Chris) Meyer, Missouri Valley, IA, Dan Meyer, and Nancy Lyle, Grant City, MO, Martin (Janet) Meyer, Leavenworth, KS, and Donna (Russ) Linville, Burlington Junction, MO; 15 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and one to be born; sister Dorothy Wilmes, Bolckow, MO, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM, Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, MO.  The burial will follow in the St. Columba Cemetery, Conception, MO.
A parish and family Rosary will be recited at 5:30 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at St. Columba Catholic Church, with visitation to follow until 8:00 PM.
Services are under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Memorials are suggested to the  AseraCare Hospice, 301 E Price Ave Ste B, Savannah, MO 64485, or Parkdale Manor Care Center, 814 W. South Avenue, Maryville, MO 64468.  
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Obituary -- Vincent Henggeler 1925-2017

Vincent W. Henggeler, 91, of Stanberry, MO, passed from this life on January 10, 2017, at his home near Stanberry, with his family at his side.
Vincent was born on July 3, 1925, in Clyde, MO.  His parents were Joseph C. and Mary Catherine (Runde) Henggeler.  He lived all his life in the area.
He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean War.
Preceding him in death were his parents; 2 sons, Stephen and Donald Henggeler, brothers, Francis Henggeler, Eugene Henggeler, Maurus Henggeler; sisters, Mercedes Lager,  Rita and Rose Marie Henggeler; infant twin brothers; his brother in laws, Hank Behm, and Harold Lager; and grandson, Patrick Vincent Henggeler.
He was a member and attended St. Columba Catholic Church, the Tri-C American Legion Post 464, and the Knights of Columbus, Council 1931, all of Conception Junction, MO.  Vincent was a farmer.
On October 10, 1953, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Conception, MO, Vincent was united in marriage to Anna Agatha McQuinn, she survives of the home.
Other survivors include his children, Raymond V. (Geneva) Henggeler, Maryville, MO, James M. (Cathy) Henggeler, Guilford, MO, Teresa (Greg) Stuart, Stanberry, MO, Michael G. (Anita) Henggeler, Ravenwood, MO, Martin E. (Kimberly) Henggeler, Barnard, MO; daughter in laws, Wilma Henggeler, Stanberry, MO, and Marilyn Henggeler, Maryville, MO; sister, Bernita Behm, Phoenix, AZ, brother, Cletus (Joy) Henggeler, sister in laws, Ann Marie Henggeler, and Rose Henggeler; 21 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial, 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 14, 2017, at the St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, MO.  The burial will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Stanberry, MO. 
A parish and family rosary will be held at 5:30 PM, Friday, January 13, 2017, at St. Columba Catholic Church, Conception Junction, MO.  The visitation will follow until 8:00 PM.
Military Rites at the cemetery will be under the auspices of the Tri-C American Legion Post 464, Conception Junction, MO.
Services are under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Memorials are suggested to the Tri-C American Legion Post 464, Conception Junction, MO, masses at St. Columba, or to a charity to be designated by the family.
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Obituary -- Danny Estes 1947-2017

Danny R. Estes 69, 0f Skidmore, MO, died of Multiple System Atrophy on January 9, 2017, at his home near Skidmore.
Danny was born in Maryville, MO, on October 26, 1947.  His parents were Donnis and Maxine (Lattin) Wray.  He lived most of his life in the area. 
He graduated Northeast Nodaway High School in 1965; he then received his B.S. in English and Broadcasting, at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
Danny was drafted into the US Army in 1967 and served in Vietnam with Company D, 3/21st Infantry, Americal Division from 1968 to 1969.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during that time.
He joined the Army National Guard with the 129th FA, for another 33 years of military service.  He retired as Command Sgt. Major in 2007.
During his military career, he shot rifle and pistol competitively.  He was a highly distinguished shooter, serving on The Army Guard National and State teams.  Among his many awards: 4 President’s 100 Awards, and Double Distinguished Rifle and Pistol Awards
Danny served two terms as Sheriff for Nodaway County, MO.  He had also been a Nodaway County Deputy Sheriff, and a Maryville Public Safety Officer.  He then spent 20 years with the U.S. Homeland Security Department in the Protective Service division.
He was a member and attended St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, was a member of the former Skidmore American Legion Post and the VFW, in Maryville. 
On August 8, 1970, Danny was united in marriage to Linda S. Baumli, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, in Maryville, MO.  She survives of the home.
Other survivors include his 4 children, Kelli (James) Graham, Skidmore,  MO, Alex Estes, Liberty, MO, Larinda (Matt) Hlavacek, Liberty, MO, and Dana (Philip) Maher, Liberty, MO; his mother and step father, Maxine and Donnis Wray, Parnell, MO; his siblings, twin brother Lanny (Darla) Estes, Maryville, MO, Terry (Maureen) Warren, Scottsdale, AZ, and Jr. Wray, Parnell, MO; six grandchildren, James and Ava Graham, Nina, Hayden, and Vivian, and Colton Hlavacek
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 AM, on Friday, January 13, 2017, at the St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville, MO.  Cremation will follow the Mass.
Parish and family Rosary will be at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, January 12, 2017, at St. Gregory’s. The family will receive friends following the Rosary until 8:00 PM. 
Inurnment will be later in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Maryville, MO.
Services are under the direction of the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Estes can be made to Dr. Phillip Low’s Neuroscience Research Lab Mayo Clinic. Gifts can be mailed directly to Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.
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Obituary -- George Morin 1926-2017

George Everett Morin, 90 of Ravenwood, Missouri died on Friday, January 13, 2017, at Village Care Center, Maryville, Missouri.

Everett was born August 16, 1926, the son of the late Leslie Everett and Margaret Mennetta (Moser) "Bobbi" Morin. He married Patsy Faye Casteel on June 30, 1946 in Ravenwood.

He was a 1944 graduate of Ravenwood High School and spent his lifetime farming in the Ravenwood community. A veteran, Everett served his country in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Everett was a member of the Ravenwood United Methodist Church and the Nodaway Masonic Lodge #470 AF and AM.

Everett was preceded in death by his wife Patsy (January10, 1992), his parents, and sister Carol Rogers.

Surviving are sons, Ronald (Carol) Morin and Mark (Vicki) Morin, Ravenwood, MO, daughter, Cheryl (Ron) Rucker, Quinlan, TX, brother Richard D. Morin, Arlington, TX, grandchildren Jill Kain and Amber Newham, Maryville, Sarah Rucker. Quinlan, TX, Megan Stephenson, Elmo, MO, Mandi Morin, Ravenwood, and 6 great granchildren.

A graveside service will be 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 
Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood. A visitation will be held 6-7:00 PM, Monday, January 16, 2017 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Memorials may be directed to the Northeast Nodaway Education Foundatiion, 126 South High Avenue, Ravenwood, MO 64479

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Obituary -- Michael Ogle 1994-2017

Michael John Raymond Ogle, 22, Ravenwood, MO died Saturday, January 14, 2017.

He was born November 21, 1994, in Maryville, MO and was a 2013 graduate of Northeast Nodaway High School, where he was active in basketball and softball and participated in many academic challenges, including Science Olympiad and Chemathon and Future Farmers of America.

He was a member of the Sheridan MO Christian Church, Eagle Scouts with Troop #131, Parnell and Tribe of Mic-O-Say as "Keeper of the Sacred Bundle", Little Dark Mustang.

Michael currently was employed with Federal Mogul,John Deere Assembly. He had also worked for Wilmes Tire and Orscheln, all in Maryville and H & H Trailers, Clarinda, IA.

Michael was preceded in death by his step-sister Ashley Nicole Price, uncle Joe Price, paternal grandparents John and Phyllis Price and great-grandparents Perry and Rosella Lewis; maternal great-grandpa John Paul Ogle, Great-grandparents Wayne and Phyllis Cox, aunt Tammy Ogle, and God-parents Ray and Mae Forsythe.

Surviving Michael are his parents James K. and Tracie M. Price, Parnell, grandparents Bill and Nancy Ogle, Clearmont, great-grandmother Mary Ogle, Bedford, IA; siblings: Shanon (Josh) Cook, Burlington Jct., Stephanie Price, Maverick Price and Samantha Price, all of Parnell, and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Visitation was from 5-7 PM Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Sheridan, Missouri Christian Church.

Funeral Services were 10:30 AM Thursday, January 19th, also at the Church. Burial followed in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ravenwood.

Memorials may be directed to the Michael Ogle Memorial Fund.

Top Falls Off Hole in the Wall Building in Grant City

The top fell off the former Hole in the Wall Building in Grant City Saturday afternoon; the city temporarily closed Front Street to get the debris removed. The collapse occurred at around 4 pm that day. Under city ordinances, owners have 10 days to clean up such buildings.

The city appointed Ben Abplanalp to the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments board.

Economic Developer Gene Auten reported that he is trying to restore the county's Enhanced Enterprise Zone status, which gives tax breaks to businesses which locate into underserved areas and create new jobs. The city gave Auten the OK to involve it. He noted that the county has the second lowest unemployment rate in the state, but that its residents usually have to go to other communities in order to find employment.

Catherine Morgan of Albany Community Development addressed the Grant City Council about Albany's efforts to clean up abandoned homes and buildings. They have been in existence since 1994; in 2012, Albany Community Development took on the task of demolishing abandoned buildings. Since then, they have successfully demolished 17 properties, and other property owners demolished their own unsafe/abandoned structures as a result of their efforts. The City of Albany has a line item for demolition; Albany Community Development can do things that cities can't, since they are not a governmental entity. They are non-profit, which means that donations are tax-deductible. They have successfully sold all but two of the demolished properties. She said the typical cost of demolishing a two-story home was around $12,000. She said their biggest problem was with foreclosed properties as well as out of town owners. There is CDBG money available for demolition; however, it requires the cooperation of property owners, which is sometimes difficult to get. The city will add a line item in the budget for demolition purposes.

Auten reported that he had gotten more pictures for Great Northwest Days in Jefferson City.

Public Works Director Carl Staton reported that city crews were dealing with muddy roads following the recent thaw and that he was planning to set up the new curbside recycling plan. A van from Rolling Hills was in Grant City Thursday.

The council will have a special meeting on January 26th at 5:30 to approve the budget. The council will have its next regular meeting on February 21st at 7 pm; this is rescheduled from its normal day.

Ryan McClellan's Breakaway Sparks Second Half Rout

It took the Tigers a whole half to realize they were a much better team than Albany, but they finally pulled away in the second half to win 64-36 Tuesday night. The key play happened at the end of the first half. Albany was lined up for a 1-1 with Worth County up 22-17. Two makes would have cut Worth County's lead to one possession, but the first try went astray and Ryan McClellan grabbed the ensuing board and was off to the races. His coast to coast shot over a Warrior defender was good at the buzzer and Worth County was up 24-17 at the half with all the momentum on its side.

Before, the Tigers struggled at times against the much smaller Albany squad. Drake Kinsella looked to have a big night at first, scoring six quick points against the smaller Albany squad, but he picked up two quick fouls and had to sit. Albany came back to lead 13-11 with 7:42 left in the second off Dylan Arthur's free throw before Tevin Cameron came off the bench to spark the Tigers with a 3-pointer. Drake Kinsella came back in, played smart, and didn't pick up another foul as the Tigers were able to regain the lead before the half.

Albany kept things close for a while in the third quarter. Tom Sagun's steal and drive made it 31-26 with 4:18 left. But like the girls game, Albany flat-out wore down as the game progressed. Cade Allee countered with an inside shot opened up by a Mason Hawk drive. Drake Kinsella jumped a pass for two free throws, Cade Allee hit a baseline triple off a Jacob New pass, Drake Kinsella scored in transition off a pass from Mason Hawk, and Jacob New scored a backdoor look off another pass from Hawk to make it 42-26 with 1:36 left in the third.

Tom Sagun hit a 3-pointer to draw the Warriors back to within 48-34 with 6:22 left in the fourth, but Cade Allee got the hot hand for the Tigers after that, getting six points and assisting on another as the Tigers scored the next eight to make it 56-34 with 3:53 left in the game, putting it out of reach. Tanner Parman came off the bench to score a driving scoop for his first career points as a Tiger.

Drake Kinsella led the Tigers with 18 points. Cade Allee had 17, Mason Hawk and Ryan McClellan had 8, Tevin Cameron had 7, and Jacob New, Jaxon Anderson, and Tanner Parman had 2 each.

Tiger Girls Use Balanced Attack to Break Losing Skid

Worth County's girls finally broke a long tailspin as they beat Albany 52-37 Tuesday night. It looked for all the world like it would be an easy game as they raced out to an early 13-3 lead. Anna Gladstone scored off a pair of drives and two free throws, Kristin New hit a baseline triple off a Gladstone kickout, Kaylee McElvain posted up inside and got a layup, and Payton Adwell hit from the right wing off a Kristin New kickout. But then Albany countered with a baseline shot from Paige Brown and another from Lauryn Shoush to make it 13-7.

Lulu Brown then got the hot hand in the second quarter as she scored eight in the frame to keep Albany close. They got as close as 18-17 at one point. But then, with Worth County leading 23-19, Jessi Badell grabbed an offensive board and her prayer went in; Kristin New followed with another triple late off a pass from Anna Gladstone to put Worth County back up 28-19.

Anna Gladstone's coast to coast move with 4:57 left in the third made it 32-22 for the visiting Tigers, but then Albany kept hanging around as Taylor Bain and Maryeah Martin connected for Brooke Crawford's squad. But then Kaylee McElvain got going in the post after having battled foul trouble in the first half as she scored six in the last four minutes as Worth County pushed back into double digits at 40-28 after three.

Anna Gladstone picked up her fourth foul right off the bat trying to take a charge on defense and Heidi Fish's jumped pass and layup made it 40-31 again, but Regan Allee, who had missed the Stanberry Tournament (ankle), came off to spark Worth County with a 3-pointer after Kaylee McElvain kicked it out to her. Jessi Badell scored from inside off a pass from Allee, Kristin New converted a 3-point play off a pass from Sidney Troutwine, and Kaylee McElvain scored from inside off a pass from Regan Allee as Worth County took its biggest lead of the night at 50-31 with 3:47 left.

Anna Gladstone had 14 points to pace the Tigers. Kristin New had 13 to match a career high; Kaylee McElvain also had 13. Regan Allee had 6, Jessi Badell had 4, and Payton Adwell had 2.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-9 – Person in officer to register as sex offender.
1-9 – Person calls about possible illegal dumping.
1-9 – Sheridan resident calls about a dog problem; referred to Sheridan Mayor.
1-10 – Call of horses out on Route C north of Denver; owner notified.
1-10 – Officer out of office investigating juvenile complaint.
1-11 – Person calls about possible breakin at a house in Worth; officer investigating.
1-12 – Officer investigating possible illegal use of ATM card.
1-13 – Grant City resident reports possible theft of mail from mailbox.
1-13 – North Kansas City police report arresting a person on Worth County warrant.
1-14 – Resident reports hitting a deer near Sheridan.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Obituary -- Shirley Allee 1937-2017

Shirley Anne (Thompson) Allee (79) was called home, surrounded by her children and husband, on January 14, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Shirley was born at home in Parnell, Missouri, to Wayne Harvey and Wilma Mae (Hammond) Thompson on March 5,1937 . Shirley grew up and attended school in Parnell until the age of 15 when a young man was driving by her home, saw her in the yard, and decided to marry her.

On March 15,1952, Shirley was united in marriage to Doy Edmond Allee. To this union, four children were born. Shirley and Doy lived in the Plattesdale school house for a few years before moving to Nebraska with three small children where they lived in a stock trailer, while Doy trained horses at various racetracks. Shirley enjoyed being a homemaker during these nomad years. They later moved back to the Sheridan area where Shirley continued to run the home and received her GED before going to work as a secretary for Sur-Gro where she retired after 15+ years.

Aside from her family, Shirley had many hobbies. She and Doy were members of the Sheridan Saddle Club, enjoyed going to rodeos, going on trail rides, and “camping with cows”. They were also active members in the churches they attended through the years. They loved to play cards with their good friends, the Cooks and Wilkersons. Possibly one of Shirley’s greatest loves was playing the piano, which she did even after her cancer diagnosis in 2006. It was not uncommon to see Shirley and Doy, along with the Fishers, playing at any area music show, the Senior Center, in church, or at The Nation. A talent and love that was enjoyed by so many.

Preceding Shirley in death were her parents; grandson, Travis Wayne Allee; brothers-in-law: Bill Peterson, Carl Coffey, and Jay Sanders; and great-grandsons Parker Aaron Allee and Ryder William Rush.

Shirley is survived by her beloved husband of 64 years, Doy, of the WCCC; Children: Edmond Wayne (Neva) of Diagonal, IA; Pamela Sue (Larry) Shore of Clarinda, IA; Douglas Lee (Ruby) of Sheridan, MO; and Lisa Anne (Robert) Reidlinger of Clyde, MO; Sisters: Joyce Coffey of St. Joseph, MO, and Bonnie Sanders of Maryville, MO; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Visitation will be held at Prugh Dunfee Funeral Home Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00-7:00. Services will be at Prugh Dunfee Funeral Home Wednesday, January 18, at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Sheridan Cemetery or SSM Hospice.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Ryan McClellan Posts Career High 19; Tiger Boys Claim Consolation at Stanberry

Worth County's boys beat Mound City behind Ryan McClellan's career night and claimed consolation at the Stanberry Tournament. This was a year of firsts for the Tigers; they beat Jefferson for the first time in 21 years in Albany and ended Stanberry's 39 game winning streak. Last year, they beat Mound City for the first time ever; this year's meeting was the second straight for the Tigers after never having beaten them before. Both games were for the consolation prize at Stanberry.

The game started off as a high-scoring game, with Mound City up 17-16 after one. But this time, Worth County played two quarters of shut-down defense, only allowing two in the second quarter and nine in the third to pull away for the 58-44 win. There was no fade job for the Tigers in the second half, after they had lost double digit leads in their previous two meetings.

Ryan McClellan paced the Tigers with a career high 19 points. Drake Kinsella, who had been in a scoring slump lately, came out of it with 17. Cade Allee had 11, Mason Hawk had 6, Jacob New had 3, and Tevin Cameron, recovering from a knee sprain, had 2. Cade Allee and Jacob New each had one from behind the arc. The Tigers were 8 for 12 from the free throw line.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Obituary -- Eldeen Roach 1948-2017

Gladys Eldeen (Percifield) Roach was born August 4, 1948 in Ava, Missouri to Blevins Quintine Percifield and Ethel Faye (Hitchcock) Percifield. Eldeen was educated in Ava, Missouri Schools.
On June 21, 1966, Eldeen was united in marriage to Harvey Ray Roach, Sr. in Grant City, Missouri. To this union were four children, Harvey Ray Roach, Waunita Ann Giles, Tony Dwayne Roach and Angela Kay Morse. Eldeen was a housewife and enjoyed bingo and reading.

Eldeen passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her residence in Tingley. Eldeen wished to be cremated and the family will have a gathering at their home.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Harvey Roach; four children Harvey Roach, Jr., Waunita Giles, Tony Roach and Angela Morse; eight grandchildren, Danny Ray, Melissa Millsap, Tyler Ray, Kevin Ray, Elizabeth Legg, Tristen Hastings, Latanya Smith and Charity Roach; fourteen great-grandchildren, Maddison Ray, Jermaine Millsap, Bentley Ray, Brianna Ray, Mathew Ray, Ethan Money, Racheal Hall, Pantera Smith, Shay Smith, Chloe Smith, Addyson Majors, Zoey Majors, Gracelynn Gilliland and Shyanna Pierce; five siblings, Lois Percifield, Delpha Mulvania, Pauline Stout, Vivian Perreault and John Percifield. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Harold “Richard” Percifield and Willard Percifield; sister Emagene Percifield.

Obituary -- Lewis Arvin Cossins 1942-2017

Lewis Arvin Cossins, 74, passed away from cancer on January 2, 2017, at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri, surrounded and supported by his beloved wife and family. He was born in northern California on September 20, 1942, but lived the entirety of his adult life in Missouri and in Harrisonville since 1998. He married Eloyce Loree Finch in Sheridan, Missouri, on May 8, 1960.

It was his passion and career to serve others as a member of the Missouri State Highway Patrol (1971-1998), badge number 151, and he retired at the rank of sergeant. He was selected to serve on the Patrol’s first CERT (SWAT) team and greatly enjoyed providing personal security to the governor when he visited the Kansas City area. Career highlights included the rescue of a kidnapped baby, the apprehension of two bank robbers, participation in several successful manhunts, and a successful arrest after one of the state’s longest car chases, starting in mid-Missouri and ending close to Topeka, Kansas. Sgt. Cossins was instrumental in saving several lives during his career, often finding himself in the right place at the right time. He saw himself as a Patrol ambassador and always tried to “treat people as well as they’d let him,” his golden rule of law enforcement. The effectiveness of his rule was demonstrated by the numerous letters of commendation received from his “customers” over the years, often from those whom he had cited for violations.

He had many beloved names in addition to Arvin: Dad, Papa, Great Papa, L.A., Cuz, and 151. Arvin was a strong man with a kind heart. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and loyal friend. He will be greatly missed by them all.

Arvin is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eloyce; by his three children: Robert (Denise) of Spring Hill, Kansas, and their five children; Teresa (Glenn) Fulk of Platte City, Missouri, and their seven children; and Michael (Cindye) of Wildwood, Missouri, and their four children. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Drs. Reggie (Chris) Finch of Pearland, Texas; his half-sister Etta of St. Joseph, Missouri; nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Faith Baptist Church, 23705 E. State Route 2, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.
Family received friends Friday, January 6, 2017 at the church.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home of Harrisonville (MO).

Worth County Sheriff's Report

1-2 – Officer investigating domestic disturbance call.
1-3 – Person calls about a property scam.
1-3 – Person calls needing vehicle ID/OD.
1-4 – Officers investigate hit and run accident, mailbox, and step railing damage.
1-5 – Officer investigates slide-off accident on 46 west of Grant City; no injuries.
1-5 – Worth County officers on bailiff duty.
1-5 – Officer investigates report of stolen car in Grant City; car has been recovered.
1-6 – Person calls for well-being check on a Sheridan resident; person is OK.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Obituary -- Mary Louise Hunt McCormick 1932-2017

Mary Lou was born at home to George and Ruth Orilla (Ewing) Hunt in Worth County, Missouri on May 7, 1932. She lived a challenging and troubled life in a variety of locales but was eventually brought home to Orilla’s Way Assisted Living in Grant City by Steve and Ramona Goff who provided loving care for her for a number of years until she moved to Clearview Home in Mt. Ayr to be near her brother and sister in 2014.

Mary Lou was always appreciative of the help and care she received, particularly by Steve and Ramona Goff at Orilla’s Way and the wonderful staff at Clearview Home. Mary Lou loved singing and dancing and music in general, particularly Elvis Presley who she once met. She always had great affection for her caregivers and Dr.s, particularly Dr. Pepper.

Mary Lou had a deep and abiding faith in her Lord Jesus, and wherever she lived, kept symbols and pictures nearby  to remind her of his ever presence. She passed from this life under a picture representing Him.

Mary Lou was married to Richard Clasen and later Ed McCormick. She had four children, Ronald Clasen, Deborah Niemi, Carol Ann Frazier and Sharon Leon. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Carol Ann, and infant son, her sisters Ruth Euritt and Marilyn Simpson, and her brothers Alan, Elvis, Maurice “Jake” and Amon Hunt. She is survived by her sister Estelle Hall of Mt. Ayr and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be missed. Mary Lou did the best she was able.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Pastor Len Green will officiate. Interment will be in Middlefork Cemetery near Redding, Iowa

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Obituary -- Tyler "Maynard" Miller 1982-2017

Tyler Lane “Maynard” Miller, age 34 of Allendale was born on March 20, 1982 to Galen “Joker” Miller and Vickie (Robertson) Miller. He passed away from this life on Friday, January 6, 2017 at Albany Hospital after a courageous battle with esophageal cancer.

A friend to anyone who knew him, he was always quick to offer words of wisdom and wit, especially gifted with movie quotes. Maynard has always had a warm heart and strong religious beliefs, even from a young age. He was self-employed at MM Graphics of Grant City where he enjoyed designing T-shirts, logos, and signs for businesses and groups near and far. He was actively involved in the Masonic Lodge. On Saturday nights in the winter months, you find him playing pool and sharing stories with friends at the the Allendale Pool Hall, where he resided. Mechanical challenges were his specialty, whether it be restoring his father’s 1965 Plymouth Fury, competing with his race car “The Pink Panther” or racing 4-wheelers with friends. Always having a love for playing cards, he has been quoted “You have to play the hand that God has dealt us.”

Maynard is survived by his mother – Vickie, of the home, sister – Amber Hart (Gary), of Sheridan, nephew- Benjamin Hart and niece Emma Hart, Aunts – Mary Kay Lambert (Keith) of Allendale, MO; Diana Baker (Albert) of St. Joseph, MO, Uncles – Bill Robertson (Brenda) of Chelsea, AL; Roger Robertson (Charlene) of Grant City, MO; Emory Robertson (Sheryl) of Lamoni, IA. He is also survived by several cousins as well as numerous close friends who have come to be know as “The Boys” and are considered a part of the family.

He was preceded in death by his father – Galen (Joker) Miller, grandparents – Woodrow and Trula Robertson; Ralph and Jeanette Miller.

Funeral Services are Tuesday, January 10 at 2 pm at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City with graveside following at Lotts Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, January 9 from 5-7.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Fatal Wreck Near Union Star

There was a fatal wreck near Union Star Thursday night that claimed the life of James Evans (60) of Union Star. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2007 Chevy SUV driven by Evans was northbound on 169 three miles west of Union Star at around 4:25 pm, while a 2016 Chevy Express Van driven by Eric Tamboli (32) of Belton (MO) was southbound. The SUV crossed the center line and struck the van behind the driver’s side door. The van overturned off the west side, coming to rest off its wheels facing south. The SUV spun off the west side of the road, coming to rest on its wheels facing south. Tamboli received minor injuries. Evans was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident; Tamboli was not.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

12-25 – Officer responds to a domestic disturbance in Grant City.
12-25 – Person reports someone tried to run him off Highway 46 south of Sheridan.
12-27 – Person reports road sign down at 170th and 46.
12-27 – Electric power out at 3 pm.
12-28 – No report.
12-29 – Registered offender in to report he will be driving a different car this week.
12-29 – Person reports a large piece of metal on side of roadway on YY; referred to DOT.
12-30 – Person calls about missing car; car was returned.
12-30 – Person reports noise complaint at apartment on Grant City Square; officer responds.

Obituary -- Warren Lester 1924-2016

Warren Lester, 92, of Riverton, died on Thursday, December 8, 2016, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.

Maurice Warren Lester was born on January 8, 1924 in Independence Township in Nodaway County, MO to John F. and Eva (Morris) Lester. He was raised on the family farm along with his four siblings. He attended one room schools until his high school years then he went to “town” and in 1942 he graduated from Sheridan High School in Sheridan, MO. He then attended college at Maryville, MO before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1943.

He was of the Methodist faith and attended the United Methodist Church in Riverton.
While in the U.S. Army Air Corps he served at Leavenworth, KS, Biloxi, MS, Lowery Field, Denver, CO, Las Vegas, NV, Lincoln, NE, Ellsworth Field, Rapid City, SD, and Laredo, TX. He was honorably discharged on 1945 in San Antonio, TX and returned to Nodaway County to the family farm.

He married his first wife, Deloris Howes on January 31, 1946 in Troy, KS. Their first son, Warren Douglas was born August 22, 1948 and their second son, Robert Alan was born September 28, 1951. In 1952 they moved to Montesano, WA when he began to work for Frontier Airlines and in 1954 he transferred to Riverton, WY. In 1960 they moved to New Castle where he worked in Rapid City, SD for a short time before moving back to Riverton. Their third son, Michael Scott was born January 16, 1961 in Riverton, WY.

In April of 1961 his wife Deloris died unexpectedly leaving Warren with three young boys to raise alone while working full time. He had family come out to help for a short time but they had to get back to their responsibilities so he was on his own. He made a commitment to keep his family together and he made it work with the help of his two oldest sons, co-workers, church friends, and neighbors.

On June 3, 1962 he married his second wife, Leda Ann Brown in Riverton, WY. On September 16, 1963, two more sons joined the family, twins, Roger Noels and Rodney Eugene. The family of seven made their home in Riverton. After all the boys were out of the house they moved to Helena, MT and Northglenn, CO where he continued to work for Frontier Airlines. In June of 1986 he retired and they moved back to Riverton, WY.

He enjoyed fishing, camping, backpacking and the mountains. He and his boys made many memories over the years spending time together in the mountains. After retirement he was the lead guitar in a group with no name just “the guys” that played at different places in town and just enjoyed being together making music. From his time with Frontier he learned the many aspects of the weather and it became a hobby after he retired, watching the weather and figuring out all the patterns.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Leda Lester; sons, Warren Lester of Japan; Robert Lester and wife, Jo, of MT, Roger Lester and wife, Julia of UT, and Rodney Lester and wife, Rasila, of CA; granddaughters, Nicole M. Lester, Margaux M. Lester, and Alexis S. Lester; and daughter-in-law, Janet Lester.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eva Lester; first wife, Deloris Howes Lester; son, Michael Lester; brother, Verne Lester; sisters, Edrie Lester Myers, Doris Lester, and Sybil Lester Rief; nephews, Gordon Myers and Richard Lester, and nieces Bonnie Myers Ingram, Marilyn Burkhart, and Vicki Rief.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Help for Health Hospice Home in care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501.

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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home.