Friday, June 30, 2017

Obituary -- Anna Marie (McAlister) Taylor

Anna Marie (McAlister) Taylor passed away peacefully on June 5, 2017 with family by her side. A consummate homemaker; avid reader of poetry, historical novels, and Dr. Seuss; lover of hot tamales, liqueur-covered ice-cream, and buttered popcorn (accompanied by horror movie marathons); mistress of Scrabble, blue jokes, and the Queen's wave; collector of sea shells and supreme baker of pies; she remained ever-sassy to the end.

Annie was born on July 24, 1930 in Sheridan, MO., the eldest and only daughter of four children. Her father owned the town barbershop and pool hall.  Annie and her brothers grew up helping in the business, perhaps explaining her ease in meeting people and forging friendships. Annie graduated Salutatorian of her class in 1948.

Soon thereafter, Annie moved to Kansas City, where she met her future husband Terry Taylor. They would eventually have three daughters, Cherie, Shelly, and Wendy, whom Annie adored. After relocations to St. Louis and Tampa, Annie and Terry settled in Richmond, Virginia, where they remained for many years.

Annie was predeceased by her father, Roger McAlister Sr., mother Maude Marie (Stoner) McAlister, and brothers Roger Jr.and Charles Archer.  She is survived by her husband Ulysses Roy "Terry" Taylor, Jr.; brother William McAlister (Jolly) of Melbourne, FL. ; daughters Cherie Ann Hawk (Eldon) of St Louis, MO, Terri Michelle "Shelly" Beard (Richard) of Centennial, CO, and Dr. Wendy Taylor Ellis (Edward II) of Richmond, VA; grandchildren Jason Clements (Debbie), Laurie O'Keefe (Mike), Erin Cave, Erica Mogannam (Maher), Richard Taylor Beard, Elisa Ann Johnson (Scott), Edward "Ned" Haskins IV, Luke Ellis, Edward "Trip" Ellis III (Lynn), and Matthew Ellis (Kandise); and 14 great grandchildren.

A private burial took place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, June 17. The family will remember Annie's eternal, sassy spirit with a celebration of her life in the fall of 2017.

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.