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Your Non-Stop Source for News in Nodaway County Forum maryville Daily Online at: F Online Volume 104 • Number 51 • Monday, March 17, 2014 • PO Box 188 • 111 E. Jenkins • Maryville, MO 75¢ County officials defend sales tax flier procedures By TONY BROWN News editor TONY BROWN/DAILY F ORUM Residence, workshop destroyed by fire The home, garage and workshop of Dale Byler, located on Route AB 12 miles northwest of Maryville, were destroyed by fire Saturday night. Units from the West Nodaway and Clearmont fire protection districts responded to the blaze as did firefighters from Maryville. Crews were on the scene into the early hours on Sunday. There were no injuries. A neighbor said Byler and his family were traveling out of state over the weekend but had been notified about the fire and were on the way back to Nodaway County from Montana. Byler owns and operates Byler’s Woodworking, a business that manufactures custom-made cabinets and furniture. Nodaway County authorities said the cause of the blaze was still under investigation. Members of the Nodaway County Commission last week defended the production and distribution of a couple of versions of a black-and-white, plain paper brochure urging citizens either to “vote” or “vote yes” in the April 8 municipal election on a proposed half-cent sales tax designed to generate about $1 million annually for the purchase of road gravel. To most folks, such a flier might sound like an innocuous bit of campaigning. The trouble is that government entities are banned under state law from spending tax money on any form of advertising that seeks to influence how voters mark their ballots. According to Section 115.646 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, “No contribution or expenditure of public funds shall be made directly by any officer, employee or agent of any political subdivision to advocate, support, or oppose any ballot measure or candidate for public office.” All three commissioners said last week they were cognizant of the law when the brochure was produced and distributed over the past couple of weeks. But they maintain the action was proper because, with one exception, the flier was created using privately owned home computers and printers — machines that belong to the commissioners themselves. See COMMISSIONERS, Page 5 Refurbished Pub opens in downtown Maryville By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer The wait is over! After nearly two and a half years of reconstruction and renovation following a dramatic building collapse, a landmark downtown bar, The Pub, is once again open for business. The iconic bar’s south wall collapsed on the morning of Sept. 1, 2011. But once building owner Jeff Zeller made the decision to rebuild rather than walk away, the project took longer than anticipated to complete. “Once you start a reconstruction of this magnitude you keep coming across things that you can either fix or rebuild now, or skip over them knowing you will have to deal with them in the future,” Zeller said. “We decided to go ahead and fix problems as we came across them so we wouldn’t have to deal with them at a later date.” The reconstruction following the collapse was a major undertaking, and most of the south wall, where the collapse took place, had to be rebuilt from the footings up. Also replaced were the roof joists, ceiling and floor. “As we got into the project, we kept seeSee PUB, Page 5 TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Locks of Love Girl Scout Tillie Stanton, Skidmore, displays a lock of hair Saturday while getting styled by beautician Kathy Armentrout of Guys & Dolls Hair Studio in Maryville. Over the past four years Stanton has donated nearly 50 inches of hair to Locks of Love, an effort that is being credited toward her Girl Scouting Silver Badge. FOR CHARITY Scouts sacrifice curls By TONY BROWN News editor Back in business TONY BROWN/DAILY FORUM Jeff Zeller, owner of The Pub, opens a cold one for a customer. Long a popular downtown gathering spot, the bar recently reopened after a lengthy remodeling process following the collapse of an exterior wall in 2011. OFFICE NUMBER 660-562-2424 Girl Scouts from across the three-county Service Unit 805 area gathered at the Guys & Dolls Hair Studio at 921 S. Main St. in Maryville Saturday and literally gave something of themselves to children battling illness and adversity. Hair swept from the floor of a styling salon generally INSIDE Record....................... 2 Opinion..................... 4 News........3, 5, 6, 9, 12 gets tossed in the trash. But the haircuts administered Saturday by Guys & Dolls stylists left behind strands worth their weight in gold – not to mention self-esteem. These trims represented far more than just the need for a new ‘do. That’s because the hair clipped from the Scouts’ young heads will be carefully preserved, bagged and donated to Locks of Love, a Sports.................... 7, 8 Comics.................... 10 Classifieds............... 11 non-profit charity that provides vacuum fitted hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Most youngsters helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a condition called alioecia areata, which has no known cure. Others have undergone radiation therapy for cancer or suffered severe burns. See LOCKS, Page 6 OUTSIDE Today High: 55° Low: 36°

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