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Board members begin making 2014 fair plans By TONY BROWN News Editor
Prepare for the fair
Above: Nodaway County Fair Board members who recently attended the Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals meeting in Columbia are: front row, left to right, Ellyn Fuller, Linda Shelby, Gayla Striplin, Tonya Wilmes and Kathy McPherson. Back row, left to right, Rick Fuller, Dr. Vince Shelby, Mike Striplin, Steve Mozier, Tom Martin, Twyla Martin and Brian McPherson. Left: Nashville recording artist Rickie Lee Tanner has been booked as the Saturday night headliner during this summer’s Nodaway County Fair, which will take place July 17-19 on the courthouse square. RICKIE LEE TANNER PHOTO
In the midst of a snowy, cold northwest Missouri winter, it’s comforting to think that planning for this summer’s Nodaway County Fair is already underway. A dozen members of the Nodaway County Fair Board recently traveled to Columbia for the annual Missouri Association of Fairs and Festivals meeting, a gathering that attracted representatives from nearly 200 fairs and other public celebrations statewide. Brian McPherson, who has been a member of the local fair board since the 1980s, said the convention is a chance for fair organizers from around the state to talk and share ideas while meeting with entertainers, booking agents, food concession owners and carnival operators. While in Columbia, McPherson said the Nodaway group also participat-
ed in a number of seminars, including one about how to more effectively use the fair’s website as a marketing and information tool. Another session included a discussion about how to ensure the safety of animals, exhibitors and audience members during youth livestock shows, which in Nodaway County begin a couple of days before the fair and continue through the week at the Community Building just west of town. “This is a chance for people to see what’s new in the industry and to learn about things that will make our fairs better,” McPherson said. One gratifying lesson McPherson said the local group learned was that, in many respects, Nodaway County has got this fair thing figured out. “That was the best part of the whole deal,” he said. “When we started coming to this, nobody knew where See FAIR, Page 6
Winter comes home to roost across Missouri By Associated Press
A winter storm bore down on Missouri Tuesday, dumping enough snow to make roads treacherous and forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights and hundreds of schools.
Service’s office in the Kansas City suburb of Pleasant Hill. He said the heaviest snow was expected in a band from the Kansas City area through Macon and into central Illinois. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches were expected in
‘By Thursday morning, temperatures were expected to drop to 10 to 15 degrees below zero.’ Locally, schools closed Tuesday in Nodaway County in anticipation of the storm or sent students home early as snowfall began to accumulate. Northwest Missouri State University cancelled classes as well and shuttered offices and departments except for essential staff. Children’s Mercy Heartland Specialty Clinics in St. Joseph were closed Tuesday and announced that staff would contact parents of children with appointments so they could reschedule. Eight to 11 inches of snow were forecast across a large portion of northern and central Missouri, said Mike July, a meteorologist with the National Weather
south-central and southwest Missouri. The weather service predicted about 3 inches for the St. Louis region. Kansas City International canceled about 50 departing flights and 40 arrivals, according to the airport’s website. The University of Missouri-Columbia had announced Monday that it would be shut down all day Tuesday. Weather also led Southeast Missouri State to close campuses in Sikeston, Kennett and Malden at noon. And Missouri education officials postponed a St. Louis public hearing on improving unaccredited school districts. Road conditions were ex-
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Neither rain, nor SNOW
Mail carrier Dan Feldhacker walks his route through the heavy snow that descended on Maryville Tuesday. Regardless of the bad weather, mail carriers still made their rounds during this week’s winter storm.
Carriers press on through snow By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds” reads the famous inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City, and that saying was proven right by the mail
carriers of Maryville on Tuesday. As heavy snowfall hit Maryville around 10 a.m., the mail still had to be delivered, and local postal carriers were up to the task. Preparation is key to any venture, especially those that take place in inclement weather. “Proper undergarments,” mail carrier Valerie Miller said. “Layers.
Light layers are a lot better than solid thick clothes because your body breathes through it better.” Mail carriers aren’t the only ones who need to prepare for the weather. Other Postal Service employees take precautions as well. “Instead of sending Maryville mail to St. Joe and on to Kansas See CARRIERS, Page 6
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Late Notice Julia A. Partridge, 67, of Maryville, MO, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014, at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Arrangements are pending at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. For online condolences and guest book, visit www. bramfuneralhome.com
Services Held Services for William Michael “Mike” Morton, 55, Maryville, Mo., were held February 4, 2014 at Price Funeral Home with John Scarbrough officiating. He passed away February 1, 2014 in Maryville. Musical selections were “The Old Rugged Cross” with Jesse Parrish as guitarist and Damian Parrish as violinist. “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace” with Terry McKee as vocalist. Pallbearers were Dick Peve, Doug Peve, John Turner, Dave Kramer, Errol Cordell, Jr. and Warren Vandever. Mike was laid to rest at Hopkins Cemetery in Hopkins, Mo.
Beverly Ingels to turn 90 Beverly Ingels of Maryville, Mo. will be celebrating her 90th birthday on February 6. She and her husband, Harold are spending the winter in Arizona. Cards and well wishes may be sent to Beverly at 301 South Signal Butte Rd., #526, Apache Jct., AZ 85120.
The family of Bonnie Jean Dougan would like to thank everyone who showed overwhelming love and kindness with prayers, flowers, visits, food, and cards during Bonnie’s illness and passing. A big thank you to the ladies of the Ravenwood Christian Church for a wonderful warming meal on a cold day. Everything was greatly appreciated.
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Cody Joesting and Morgan Shipps Gary and Mary Beth Shipps, Maryville, Mo. and Steve and Julie Joesting, Rock Port, Mo. are proud to announce the engagement
and approaching marriage of their children, Morgan Shipps and Cody Joesting.. Morgan is the granddaughter of Jeanette Shipps and Jerry and Shirley Talmadge, all of Maryville. Cody is the grandson of Kenny and Darlene Joesting and Sarah Van Meter, all of Rock Port. Morgan is attending Northwest Missouri State University studying Horticulture and Agronomy. She will graduate in August 2015. Cody graduated from Southeast Community College in September 2012 with a degree in agriculture. He is currently attending Agricultural Diesel Mechanics school and will graduate in September. The couple will be married in September 2014 in a private ceremony in Maryville.
Community Events –WEDNESDAY–
Nodaway County Senior Center, Bingo, 12:30 p.m., Nodaway Nursing Home; Tai Chi 5 to 6 p.m. Dementia, Alzheimers support group 3rd Wednesday of each month. 6-7 p.m. Presbyterian Church, Maryville. Jessica Loch, 816-261-2440. Tina Baker, Nodaway Nursing Home 660-562-2876. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 6 p.m. Community Meals First United Methodist, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., 1st/Main. St. Francis Retirees will meet, the first Wednesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the Nodaway County Senior Center. Breast Cancer Support Group meets @ noon every second Wednesday @ First Christian Church, Rm 106, Maryville AA meeting at 6 p.m. weekly @ Davison Square. AL-Anon meeting at 6 p.m. weekly @ Davison Square. Eagles Closed
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Story Hour, 5:30 p.m., Maryville Library, Feb. 6. Nodaway County Senior Center Hand and Foot 9 a.m. Nook Book Club, 4 p.m., Maryville Library, Feb.13. Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 6 p.m. Nodaway County Federated Republican Women meet 11:30 a.m. 1st Thursday of the month at Carson’s, Maryville Maryville Business & Professional Women’s Organization meets 6 p.m. 4th Thursday @ First Christian Church, Maryville, 660582-4959 or 582-4898 Shepherd’s Kitchen offers a free supper from 5 to 6 p.m. weekly @ the First Presbyterian Church, Maryville
North Nodaway After Prom Spaghetti Supper, 5 to 7 p.m., NN Commons Area, Feb. 7 Nodaway County Senior Center Pinochle Tournament, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 7 American Legion Potato Bar, 5 to 7 p.m., Burlington Jct. Methodist Church, Feb. 14. Widowed Persons Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Pagliai’s Pizza, Feb. 14. Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th
& Country Club Rd. 8 a.m. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 8 p.m. Open Mic Nights every week; music, comedy, poetry drama @ The Rose Theater, Maryville; sign in 6:30 p.m., begin 7 p.m. ADHD Support Group meets 6-8 p.m. 3rd Friday in Hospitality Rm. @ St. Francis Hospital, info 660254-4369 AA meeting at 8 p.m. weekly @ Conception Abbey
– SATURDAY –
Chocolate Fest, noon to 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Maryville, Feb. 8. Eagles - Curtis Strowd Band, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Feb. 15 Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., noon. Fish Fry 5-7 p.m. 2nd Saturday of month @ Elmo Comm. Bldg. MS Support Group meets 10:30 a.m. 2nd Saturday of the month in the Lietner Rm. of St. Gregory’s Church (except July & August) Over Eaters Anonymous meets 9 a.m. weekly in the St. Francis Hospitality Room, 2016 S. Main St.
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Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 11:30 a.m., American Legion Hall, Conception Jct, February 9. Wray Memorial United Methodist Church Groundhog Dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hopkins Community Building, February 9. Red Door Chili Supper for Children & Family Center, 4:30 to 7 p.m., First Christian Church, Maryville, Feb. 16. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, Tuesday 6 p.m. Northwest Opry 2 p.m. weekly @ Nodaway Co. Senior Center, 1210 E. 1st Maryville. 10-Point Pitch Tournament 6 p.m. 3rd Sunday in St. Columba Church Hall, Conception Jct AA meeting at 7 p.m. weekly @ Apple House in Clyde, MO Eagles - Forney & Paxson, 7 to 10 p.m.
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SW Iowa Humane Society Breakfast Supper, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Vaughn’s Cafe, Clarinda, Feb. 10. Life Beyond Breast Cancer Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. 2nd Monday of the month in the Hos-
pitality Room at St. Francis Hospital Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 6 p.m. Over Eaters Anonymous meets 5:30 p.m. weekly @ Franciscan Rm. of St. Francis Hospital SAFE: Stop Abuse for Everyone (men’s support), meets upon request noon1:30 p.m. & 5:15-6:45 p.m. weekly @ the Children & Family Center, 1220 E. 2nd St., Maryville; 562-2320 if you plan to attend Maryville Pride Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. 2nd & 4th Mondays at Hy-Vee. Manna Kitchen 5 p.m.-6 p.m., St. Gregory’s Catholic Church 333 S. Davis St, a free community meal open to all. AA at Wesley Center at Noon AA at Methodist Church Room 203 at 6:00 p.m. Al-Anon at Methodist Church Room 205 at 6:00 p.m.
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Missouri People First Chapter Informational Meeting, 6 p.m., Meril, 2613 S. Main, Maryville, Feb. 18. Winter Olympics Story Hour, 6:15 p.m., Maryville Library, Feb. 18. Heroes & Villains of the Wild West, 7 p.m., Maryville Library, Feb. 18. Nodaway County Senior Center Tai Chi 5 to 6 p.m. Eagles Bingo, 7 p.m. weekly, Hwy. 71 South, Maryville Today’s Civic Women meets 6:30 p.m. first Tuesday @ Maryville Public Library basement, 562-9833, 582-4294 Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 6 p.m. WINGS (women’s support-domestic violence & sexual assault), meets noon1:30 p.m. & 5:15-6:45 p.m. weekly @ the Children & Family Center, 1220 E. 2nd St., Maryville TOPS meets weekly 5:30 p.m. for weigh-ins, 6 p.m. meeting @ First Christian Church, Maryville Diabetic Support Group second Tuesday, South Hills Medical Building, in the Front Lobby. Maryville Public Library Board of Trustees meets the second Tuesday @ noon in the conference room Alzheimer’s Support meets @ 6 p.m. third Tuesday @ Laura Street Baptist Church, Maryville
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REGIONAL BRIEFS Kirksville City Council passes anti-meth law KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Another Missouri town is placing restrictions on pseudoephedrine sales as part of the fight against methamphetamines. The Kirksville City Council on Monday voted to enact a law requiring a prescription to purchase pseudoephedrine-based drugs. The law goes on the books in three months. The law passed by a 3-2 vote. Councilman Glenn Moritz, a supporter, says that because of the gravity of concern over meth, the benefits will surpass the inconvenience. Opponents worry about the impact on those who need cold and sinus medications containing pseudoephedrine — a key component of most meth recipes. Adair County had 55 meth lab incidents through October and was on pace to top the county record of 57 incidents in 2003.
Owner of St. Joe’s popular Boudreau’s restaurant dies
St. Joseph okays wastewater project ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The St. Joseph City Council has allocated $50.1 million for three projects designed to improve the city’s wastewater treatment. The projects include ammonia removal, combined sewer overflow improvements and a bio-solids dryer. City manager Bruce Woody says the projects will help the city meet an Environmental Protection Agency requirement to reduce the level of ammonia found in waste by Dec. 31, 2016. Construction is expected to be finished by the summer of 2016. The planned bio-solids dryer will turn sludge into a pellet-style fertilizer, which could be sold to farmers or corporations. The city also plans to build a grit removal system to replace the current one, which was built in 1965, and make the entire wastewater system more efficient.
Area man sentenced in sex conspiracy ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — A northwest Missouri man was sentenced to prison for sexually abusing a young girl and then plotting with his daughter to have the victim killed. Seventy-year-old Doyle Brant was sentenced Monday to 25 years for statutory rape and statutory sodomy, to be followed by 13 years for conspiracy to commit murder. Brant confessed in November to sexually abusing the girl. He also admitted he conspired with his daughter, Alesia Rivera, to kill the girl after he was jailed in Buchanan County. The victim testified that the abuse began when she was about 11 years old. Rivera pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to commit murder and agreed to testify against her father. She was sentenced to seven years in prison.
STATE CAPITOL BRIEFS Autism insurance beneficiaries rising
Senator Emory wants impeachment changes
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri senators would be responsible for trying all impeachments of elected state officials under a proposed constitutional amendment. Under current law, most officials are impeached by the House and then tried by the Missouri Supreme Court. Impeachments of a governor and Supreme Court judges are tried by a panel of “eminent jurists.” The measure reviewed Monday by the Senate Judiciary Committee would give the Senate the power to try all impeachments. Sponsoring Republican Sen. Ed Emery, of Lamar, said the change would put Missouri in line with the federal government and most other states. Then-Secretary of State Judy Moriarty was the last official to be impeached. She was convicted and removed from office in 1994 for backdating her son’s candidate filing application.
Maintenance workers at Northwest Missouri State University sort recyclable waste using a conveyor belt that was itself fashioned from repurposed surplus equipment. The university recently received its second Annual Recycling Award from the Missouri State Recycling Program.
University wins second Annual Recycling Award MARYVILLE, Mo. – For the second time in three years the Missouri State Recycling Program has recognized Northwest Missouri State University with its Annual Recycling Award. Northwest Sustainability Coordinator John Viau, pellet operator Derick Swaney and groundskeepers Steve Bliley and Kurt Davis will accept the award on Northwest’s behalf from Gov. Jay Nixon at a Feb. 10 ceremony at the Capitol in Jefferson City. The primary reason Northwest was selected as this year’s winner was its development of an on-campus material recovery facility. The centerpiece of the operation is a baler modified to include a conveyor, hopper and loading system. Northwest also launched a composting program in 2011 that collects food waste discarded at various dining locations on campus. University staff fabricated much of the composting equipment using salvaged components, including a retired feed wagon. Since the composting program’s inception, Northwest has diverted more than 500,000 pounds of food waste from landfills. “This award signifies our team’s continuing ability to go above and beyond to improve efficiency, reduce costs and maximize available resources,” Viau said. “These efforts have led to a steady reduction in our waste to the landfill, reduced costs and, most importantly, demonstrate how an effective recycling program can be implemented and expanded through hard work and ingenuity.” Each year the State Recycling Program accepts nominations for the Annual Recycling Award. Employees, departments or agencies are eligible to be nominated for outstanding contributions in a series of recycling collection, waste or recycled content procurement. Members of the Missouri Interagency Recycling Committee Review the nominations and select an organization for the award as well as an individual award winner. Northwest received the 2011 Annual Recycling
Award for its efforts to establish a community recycling project with the city of Maryville. Northwest staff members designed and built collection containers, stationed at three locations across town. That project has diverted more than 45 tons of paper and 20 tons of glass. In 1982, the university established a biomass system in which wood chips, cardboard and waste paper were converted into fuel burned to produce thermal energy. In 2001, Northwest began using animal waste from its farm to create a virtually odor-free pellet, also burned as fuel. Northwest also recycles plastic, aluminum, glass, copper, brass and steel. During 2013, Northwest produced 921 tons of solid waste and diverted nearly 40 percent of that material from the landfill. The university also partnered with surrounding communities and local industries to collect paper and cardboard. Northwest’s solid waste diversion amounted to $17,500 in savings for the University, while the recycling program generated $25,820 in revenue, covering 85 percent of the University’s total landfill expenses. Residential Glass Replacement • Storefronts
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Robert Boudreau, 49, owner of Boudreau’s Louisiana Seafood and Steaks has passed away at his home in St. Joseph. Boudreau opened the popular area restaurant, located in St. Joseph at 224 North Fourth Street, in 2001. Funeral arrangements are pending at Meierhoffer Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Keep Constitution changes in check
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Stop the madness. Efforts to change the Missouri Constitution through initiative petitions and legislation are growing exponentially. Secretary of State Jason Kander’s web site lists more than 50 initiative petitions for constitutional amendments approved for circulation in Missouri. In some cases, multiple petitions deal with a single topic. For example, three separate petitions deal with early voting, four relate to eminent domain and more than 20 with marijuana production, sale and distribution. Efforts to change the Constitution, however, are coming not only from interest groups proposing initiatives; state lawmakers are also using the legislative process to put constitutional amendments on the ballot. Already, two proposed constitutional amendments initiated by lawmakers are scheduled to appear on the Nov. 4 election ballot. One would establish a constitutional right to farm; another would allow relevant evidence of past crimes to be used as evidence in cases of sex crimes involving children under age 18. A (recent) story detailed proposed legislation to elevate hunting and fishing to a constitutional right. We have argued repeatedly that a constitution is a framework for government, not a document to be altered in cavalier or willy-nilly fashion. In one of the few areas where Missouri can take a lesson from the federal government, the U.S. Constitution‚ including its 27 amendments‚ spans 16 pages in a volume issued by the Secretary of State. In the same volume, the Missouri Constitution, which amends provisions within the document, spans 125 pages. Missouri lawmakers have no one to blame but themselves for the explosion of constitutional amendments. Our readers may recall Proposition B, an animal welfare law approved by voters, but changed drastically by lawmakers before it became effective. Therein lies a critical difference between state legislation and the state Constitution. The legislature has the power to make, repeal and alter laws; a vote of the people is required to change the constitution. Consequently, legislators, interest groups and the people know the way to prevent legislative tampering is to enshrine action in the constitution. The irony is every constitutional alteration weakens the legislative process. Continuing on this path increasingly will transfer power from elected representatives to the people. Although this may seem like an improvement, consider the drawbacks: increased frequency of elections; repeated barrages of well-financed campaigns to sway voters; and decisions made by a minority of voters if historically low turnout persists. If we continue on this inane path of continually amending the constitution, representative government eventually will become superfluous. Editor’s note: Alternative Views appears each Wednesday on the Daily Forum opinion page and consists of recently published editorials from other newspapers around
Contact Your Lawmakers STATE SEN. BRAD LAGER: R-Maryville, Room 429, State Capitol Building, Jefferson city, Mo. 65101; Ph. (573) 751-1415; brad.lager@senate. mo.gov. STATE REP. MIKE THOMSON: R-Maryville, Room 406A, State Capitol Building, Jefferson city, Mo. 65101; Ph.: (573) 751-9465; mike.thomson@ house.mo.gov. U.S. SEN. ROY BLUNT: R-Missouri; B40C, Dirksen Senate Office Bldg., Washington, D.C. Ph.: (202) 224-5721. Kansas City Office: 911 Main St., Suite 2224 Kansas City, Mo 64105 Ph: (816) 471-7141 U.S. SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL: D-Missouri; Hart Senate Office Building, Suite. 506, Washington, D.C. 20510, Ph: (202) 224-6154 Kansas City Office: 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite. 101, Kansas City, Mo. 64111; Ph: (816) 4211639 U.S. REP. SAM GRAVES: R-Missouri 6th District Washington Office, 1415 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515; Ph.: (202) 2257041 Kansas City Office, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Suite 900, Kansas City, Mo. 64153; Ph: (816) 792-3976 St. Joseph District Office, 411 Jules St., Room 111, St. Joseph, Mo. 64501; Ph: 816-749-0800 GOV. JAY NIXON: D, P.O. Box 720, State Capitol, Jefferson City, MO 65102 Ph: (573) 751-3222.
A MINUTE WITH MIKE
Ballot positions, Bright Flight, propane gas getting attention
Much of our work as legislators is done in committee hearings where bills are heard, amended, debated and approved or disapproved. After four weeks, those bills that have been approved are beginning to hit the chamber floor for debate. The first one that was passed out of the House to move on for further discussion in the Senate would allow men and women who serve in the military, and disabled Missourians, who are going to run for public office to be treated fairly when their names are placed on the ballot. This legislation would allow deployed military members and folks with disabilities to file by certified mail rather than appearing in person. Our current law does not allow them to be in the drawing to see whose name appears at the top of the ballot if they are not present at the filing location. The legislation would allow them to send a proxy who would be included in the draw for ballot placement. This is a small change, but allows a level playing field for all who wish to run for office. Last week was the first meeting of the Committee on Higher Education and I was able to present a bill that I believe would make college more affordable for some of our state’s best students and, hopefully, entice them to stay in Missouri. The bill would improve the level of financial assistance received by our highest performing students by adding a forgivable loan program to our existing Higher Education Academic (Bright Flight) scholar-
ship. The loan amount would be up to $5,000 per academic year, for a maximum of $20,000, and would be forgiven at $5,000 per year if the student stays in Missouri and has full-time employment here. The Bright Flight Scholarship originated in 1986 and the intent was to keep our best and brightest here in Missouri to attend school and hopefully to join our workforce. Students who scored in the top 3 percent on the ACT or SAT were
Mike Thomson awarded $2,000 if they attended a Missouri institution. At that time, $2,000 would pay for tuition and fees at the University of Missouri. That amount will only pay a small portion of tuition and fees now and the scholarship, as it exists, is not particularly influential to students of
that caliber who are looking across our country for the best education. We feel that if this bill passes, it could make a significant difference to those top students who are deciding where they will go to school and where they will use their talents. A concern that most of us share during this bitterly cold time of the year is that dreaded utility bill. We have all seen escalating costs and this is especially true for those who use propane. In just one week, propane prices have soared. In some cases, costs have tripled. The House and Senate have called for an immediate investigation which will be launched by Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, to determine the cause. Our attorney general is coordinating with nine other Midwestern states to find the truth about why this has happened. In addition, the U.S. Department of Transportation has issued emergency declarations to allow more propane to be shipped to our state in the hopes that additional propane will help drive down the price. We will continue to stay involved in this issue until we reach a resolution that will help our citizens who have been effected by this drastic price hike. If you have questions, you may reach me at my Capitol number, (573) 751-9465; at the local district number, (660) 582-4014; by email at email@example.com, or by mail at Room 401B State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
STRAIGHT TALK FROM SAM
Presidential priorities questioned
President Obama’s 2014 State of income inequality, but failed to menthe Union address is as memorable tion his own role in making that gap for what he didn’t say as what he did. During the course of his 65-minute speech, the president didn’t mention the phrases ‘national debt’ or ‘spending’ once. It seems that working with the Congress to get our fiscal house in order and reduce our $17 trillion debt remains low on the totem pole for this administration. He did mention “small business,” but only three times in his 6,778word address — in three consecutive sentences of the same paragraph. These private sector firms are our economy’s job generators; yet economists at one small business group argue “it’s hard to make the case that the small business sector has made significant progress” in recent years. Sam Graves The President also spoke about
wider. Five years into his presidency, the labor force participation rate is at its lowest point since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. There are four million Americans who have been unemployed for at least six months, and another eight million Americans working part-time because they still cannot find a full-time job. In fact, precisely because of the President’s policies, it’s harder to find a job or start a business. As the Wall Street Journal noted, most of his speech “… tried to address the economic insecurity that his own policies have done so much to create.” At the end of the day, thePresident’s remarks inspire little confidence that he is prepared to address the critical economic challenges facing our nation.
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Bite-Sized Valentine’s Day Treats Get to the Heart of the Holiday
Nothing says “I love you” on Valentine’s Day more than heart-shaped, homemade treats. This year, try individual treats to make each gift recipient feel extra special. You’ll love the fact that they are simple to create. “Though small in size, mini-treats deliver a big message to all of the Valentines on your list,” said Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. “Decorating these treats is quick and easy thanks to Candy Melts Candy – a pantry staple for any decorating project.” With a little help from Wilton you can bake to your heart’s desire this Valentine’s Day. We Heart Valentine’s Day – Hearts are by far the top shape of the season. From giant heart-shaped cookie pans to cookie cutters to Heart Pop pans, Wilton has a variety of bakeware options. A Sweet Heart for Your Sweetheart – Create mini cakes, brownies or cookies with the Bite Sized Heart Dessert Shell pan. Once cooled, drizzle with red, pink and white colored Candy Melts candy for the perfect personalized heart-shaped treat. Homemade Box of Chocolates – Make your own
candies using shaped Candy Molds. Choose between hearts, lips, flowers and more. Fill the mold with the Candy Melts candy, color and flavor of your choice, and watch as you melt the hearts of your Valentines. Give a Little Love – Valentine’s Day is a top gift-giving holiday. Give your made-from-the-heart homemade treats the gourmet treatment with festive packaging like heart-shaped boxes, colorful gift bags and brightly colored baking cups. For more Valentine’s Day recipes, baking tips and gift inspiration, visit www.wilton.com. Chocolate Heart Petit Fours Makes about 40 mini cakes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, softened 2/3 cup firmly-packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2/3 cup buttermilk 1/2 cup peanut butter, chocolate fudge ice cream
topping or cherry pie filling 2 containers (14 ounces each) Chocolate or Vanilla Icing Glaze (optional) Jumbo hearts sprinkles (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 24 cavity bite-sized heart dessert shell pan with Cake Release pan coating. In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat until well combined. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk in three additions, beating until just combined. Spoon one tablespoon batter into each pan cavity. Bake 9-11 minutes or until tops of cakes spring back when touched. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Cool completely on cooling grid. To decorate, place cakes on cooling grid with cookie pan below. Pipe 1/2 teaspoon peanut butter, chocolate fudge or cherry pie filling into shell; fill only to top of cavity. If desired, warm glaze according to package instructions; carefully pour over shell and tap pan to smooth. If desired, add jumbo hearts sprinkles.
Perfect Dark Chocolate Pairings featuring Zöet Premium Belgian Chocolate
Smooth, decadent chocolate is a classic Valentine’s Day indulgence. But do you know dark varieties of chocolate are actually good for the heart, too? Here’s why… The darker the chocolate, the healthier it is for you and your Valentine. Cacao beans contain nutrients such as iron, potassium and fiber, and also a potent class of antioxidants called flavonoids. The higher the percentage of cacao in a chocolate bar, the darker the chocolate, and the higher it is in flavonoid antioxidants. These flavonoids appear to have beneficial effects on the body, such as relaxing blood vessels, promoting healthy circulation and playing a role in healthy blood pressure levels. As with many of the finer things in life, less can be more. The health benefits associated with dark chocolate consumption have been seen in modest consumption of approximately one ounce – one-third of a Zöet bar - a few times per week. Darker chocolate’s characteristic bitterness is best appreciated through pairing it well with complementary flavors. If you’re new to dark chocolate, start with 57% cacao Zöet dark
chocolate and work your way up to higher percentages of cacao over time. The smoothness of Zöet premium Belgian chocolate will make a dark chocolate aficionado out of anyone! Try some of these perfect darkchocolate-with-food-and-drink pairings; we believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised by some of these combinations: 1. Fruit: Known for its bitter bite, dark chocolate helps neutralize very sweet fruits such as strawberries, bananas and dried apricots. However, its properties also create a combo with citrus fruits that pack an edgy punch for true chocolate connoisseurs. 2. Nuts: Nuts in chocolate desserts make an interesting addition from both taste and texture points of view. Add roasted hazelnuts, almonds and/or walnuts to a chocolate bark recipe (such as the one listed below) for added crunch and a delicious nutty bite. 3. Cheese: The sweetness of chocolate can sometimes overwhelm the palate, which is why aged cheddars, Gouda, Havarti and Parmigiano-Reggiano have a strong enough flavor to balance perfectly. Spread toasted baguette slices with melted chocolate and sprinkle
with Parmigiano-Reggiano. 4. Coffee: Dark chocolate can have some very strong coffee undertones. And, since these two favorite foods are grown in similar regions of the world, coffee and chocolate have flavor profiles that tend to naturally complement each other. Dark chocolate goes well with a bold coffee, such as Italian roast. Serve small chunks of dark chocolate with freshly brewed coffee for a sweet and ultimately satisfying end to a meal. 5. Wine: Pair chocolate and wine according to the darkness of the chocolate. Like food, follow the general rule of wine pairings: the darker the chocolate, the darker the wine. Red wines (like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel) are ideal for dark chocolate. For beer drinkers, dark chocolate pairs well with dark beers, like oatmeal stout. Salted Caramel Chocolate Bark Makes 3 dozen (1-1/2-inch) pieces All you need: 2 cups chopped bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (or chips), such as
Zöet Premium Belgium 57% Dark Chocolate 12 caramel squares 1 teaspoon water, divided ¼ teaspoon flaky sea salt Chopped nuts (optional) All you do: 1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles!) 2. Place chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl; microwave on MEDIUM for 1 minute. Stir, then continue microwaving on MEDIUM, stirring every 20 seconds, until melted. (Alternatively, place in the top of a double boiler over hot, but not boiling, water. Stir until melted.) 3. Combine 6 caramel squares and ½ teaspoon water in a small bowl; microwave on HIGH just until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. Immediately stir the melted caramel thoroughly into the melted chocolate. Scrape the mixture onto the foil and spread it into a 9-inch square. 4. Combine the remaining 6 caramel squares with ½ teaspoon water in the small bowl and microwave on HIGH until melted, 30 to 60 seconds. Immediately drizzle the caramel over the
Deanna Bottorff chocolate and sprinkle with salt (and nuts, if desired). Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. 5. Transfer the bark and foil to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces. Nutrition information per piece: 52 calories; 3 g fat (2 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 4 g added sugars;1 g protein; 1 g fiber; 20 mg sodium; 6 mg potassium Adapted from: Eating Well The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Fair planning is well underway
Brian McPherson displays a plaque honoring his 16 years of service as a member and past president of the Missouri Fair Board, where he represented District 1.
Continued from Page 1 Nodaway County was or what it was. But now we have one of the most respected fairs in the state of Missouri. We have things that no other fair has figured out how to do as well as we do.” One of those things is free admission to the courthouse square, which will serve again as the midway and entertainment venue during this year’s fair run, which takes place Thursday, July 17, through Saturday, July 19. The key to keeping much of the fair free of charge, McPherson said, has been loyal sponsorship by local businesses, a luxury festivals in other towns often
don’t enjoy to the same extent. “Everybody can come to and enjoy the fair,” McPherson said, “and except for food and carnival rides it doesn’t cost them anything. That only happens because of the great sponsors we have in Nodaway County. It’s a great big help. Without those guys we wouldn’t be able to do it. In fact, that’s probably the most important part (of the fair’s success).” It’s only February, so there is still a lot on the drawing board as far as this year’s fair goes. But while in Columbia, McPherson and his fellow board members completed booking arrangements with the Saturday night headliner, rising
Nashville recording artist Rickie Lee Tanner. The Belton native, who has a couple of full-length studio albums to his credit, has played the Nodaway County Fair in the past and proved a popular draw. On other fronts, McPherson said the board wants to include more activities and entertainment for children this year and plans to bring back the child-reading program in conjunction with the Maryville Public Library. Youngsters who read a book and fill out a form at the library will receive a packet filled with a drink or snack coupon along with free passes for carnival rides. In addition to serving on the Nodaway County Fair Board, McPherson has spent 16 years of service as a member and past president of the Missouri Fair Board,
where he represented District 1. He stepped down at this year’s meeting but is being replaced by Dr. Vince Shelby, another Nodaway County resident. McPherson said that it’s unusual for a single county to have representation at the state level for such an extended span, and said Shelby’s selection speaks well for what the Nodaway fair has been able to accomplish over the past 25 years. “We’re always hoping for a bigger and better fair,” said McPherson, adding that Fair Board membership is open-ended, and that anyone who wants to help out is welcome. “You just have to love the fair,” he said. “It takes that.” Anyone wishing to join the Nodaway County Fair Board, or help out in other ways, can call Chairman Tom Martin at (660) 5820689.
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City to get sorted, we kept all Maryville mail in house so that we could deliver it today just in case roads get shut down,” Maryville post office supervisor Becky Giesken said. “We will do that again tonight.” Mail carriers deliver the mail on foot, but the vehicles needed to get them in the vicinity of their routes have to be readied for snow, wind and weather. “We make sure the carriers have topped off their fuel tanks in case they get stuck in a snow drift or something like that,” Giesken said. “We will sometimes put new tires on vehicles to help them get around better.” The mail was moving at an up tempo speed Tuesday due to light volume, Miller said. Having a light load on a day when the weather wasn’t cooperating made things more bearable for the carriers. An accurate weather forecast that let postal workers see the storm coming also helped in the planning pro-
cess, but there are always plans in place to keep the mail carriers safe and dry. “All the carriers we have right now have been doing this for a while,” Giesken said. “They know to wear layers in the winter time, they know they need to wear cleats on their shoes, they need to keep their bag with them and keep covered up. Most of them know the deal.” As much of a hassle as cold weather can be for mail carriers summer causes problems as well. “I preferred winter just because you can always put more layers on,” said Giesken, who carried mail for two years. “But the extremes are just extreme, and they’re going to be bad no matter what. You just have to deal with what you get.” Even though letter carriers may not know what weather challenges they’re going to face from day to day, they’ve learned to make the best of it. “Keep a warm heart and a smile on your face,” Miller said.
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QUOTABLE “We’ve got to get back in sync on offense. We’ve worked too much on that to not see improvements or strides going in the right direction, so that will be the big focus moving forward against two tough teams.” -Maryville girls basketball coach Grant Hageman
Bobcats topple North Nodaway By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer
Hot shooting and aggressive defense proved to be the recipe for success for the East Harrison Bobcats as they downed visiting North Nodaway 68-35 in non-conference action Monday night. The Bobcats jumped out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and upped the margin to 24 at 44-20 by halftime. “East Harrison is the best team I’ve seen this year,” Mustang coach Chris Schoning said. “They came out shooting the ball extremely well.” The Bobcats, who moved to 16-2 on the season, extended their lead to 62-28 at the end of the third quarter, before the Mustangs rallied to win the fourth quarter by a 7-6 margin, for the 68-35 final. Sophomore Koby Reynolds led North Nodaway, now 2-16 on the season, with 10 points, including three 3-pointers. Freshman Peyton Coleman added nine points and fellow freshman Dakota Smyser chipped in with seven points. “We really didn’t play poorly but they’re just that good,” Schoning said. North Nodaway is back in action Friday night, as it hosts 275 Conference-leader Rock Port.
East Harrison slips past Lady Mustangs By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer
In a game that was closely contested throughout, East Harrison rallied late in the fourth quarter to down North Nodaway 54-51 in non-conference action Monday night at Ridgeway. The Lady Bobcats held a five-point lead at halftime, and North Nodaway coach Doug Freemyer said the game may well have been decided during that first half. “We didn’t play well in the first half,” Freemyer said. “We should have been up by five at half instead of down five. It didn’t help that Madison (Thompson) picked up her third foul early in the second quarter and had to sit the rest of the half.” The Lady Mustangs pulled things together in the second half and held the lead for much of the half, including a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter, before East Harrison made its final comeback run. North Nodaway had handled East Harrison’s full-court defensive pressure for most of the contest, but ball handling inexperience cost the Lady Mustangs down the stretch, as senior point guard Erin Greely and junior guard Sam Frueh both fouled out late in the contest. “Erin and Sam fouling out late really hurt. We had trouble handling their press after that,” Freemyer said. “It was a frustrating game from the standpoint that I felt we played well enough to win. It’s tough to win on the road.” Senior Cambry Schluter led North Nodaway with 21 points, while Thompson added 10. “Madison (Thompson) would have scored quite a bit more had she not been in foul trouble,” Freemyer said. “East Harrison had some problems guarding her inside.” The Lady Mustangs are back in action Friday night, as they host Rock Port. It will be Courtwarming at North Nodaway, and Freemyer is hopeful that will provide his squad with a little extra motivation in what should be a tight 275 Conference contest. “The Rock Port game will go a long way in determining both our conference standing and district seeding,” Freemyer said. “It’s a big game for both teams.” Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the girl’s contest. The boy’s game will follow.
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Maryville sophomore guard Mollie Holtman uses the pick to get into the teeth of the defense during a game earlier this season. Holtman led Maryville with seven points in Monday night’s 50-36 loss to Lathrop.
Hounds still making strides By JASON LAWRENCE Sports editor
The final scores may not show it, but the Maryville Lady Spoofhounds are still making strides to improve late in the season. Monday night against Lathrop, the Hounds made adjustments in the second half of their 50-36 loss and head coach Grant Hageman was pleased with some of those results. “Defensively, the adjustment worked really well in the second half and once we figured that out, I think our girls played with a little more confidence,” Hageman said. “We really did a good job pushing the ball because it was hard to score against their half court defense because that tall girl’s standing there in the middle. We scored 14 points in transition, so that was good to see because that’s been something we’ve been wanting to do as a team. That was probably half our points in the second half.“ Unfortunately, Maryville dug itself too deep of a first half hole to see those positive results on the scoreboard. Lathrop came out strong, going in-
side to senior post Katie Cordray early and often, helping the Lady Mules to a 17-3 first-quarter advantage. “We really got off to a rough start and we had a problem with the Cordray girl that is about six-foot, four,” Hageman said. “Her height really bothered us. They were kind of playing through her early. We tried to make a couple adjustments and early on, it wasn’t working well. Then we did adjust and kind of started to contain her and some other girls for Lathrop really stepped up and hit some big shots.” The Mules piled on in the second quarter and took a 33-9 lead into halftime. However, those halftime adjustments immediately kicked in and Cordray was limited in the second half while Maryville put up two of its best quarters. “We made a big adjustment and pretty much double-teamed that tall girl the whole second half and that adjustment really shut them down because she couldn’t get the ball,” Hageman said. The Lady Hounds outscored Lathrop 16-11 in the third quarter and 11-6 in the fourth quarter to cut into the deficit and take some positives going into
a pair of games later in the week. “We had two quarters where we scored really well,” Hageman said. “We had nine at half and we’ve been struggling to get past 30 a lot of games, so to be that low in the first half then come out in the second half. We’ve had games where we haven’t scored 27, so that was encouraging to be able to push the ball and run like that.” Sophomore guard Mollie Holtman led the way with seven points while senior guard Cassie Holtman added five. Maryville has games scheduled for tonight at Cameron and tomorrow night at home against Smithville. Cameron beat Maryville 50-34 in the opening round of the Cameron Tournament last week. “The weather kind of throws a wrench in everything. We’re supposed to have Cameron on Wednesday and Smithville Thursday, so there’s no rest for us right now with two really tough opponents coming up,” Hageman said. “Hopefully we’ll get out there against Cameron. We’ve already played them once and we’ll make a couple adjustments and see if we can help ourselves on the defensive end.”
Rockets split with South Page By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer
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West Nodaway senior Emily Cordell splits two Union Star defenders during a contest earlier this season. Cordell led the Lady Rockets with 10 points as they dropped a 46-28 decision to South Page Monday night in College Springs, Iowa.
West Nodaway traveled to South Page (Iowa) High School on Monday night, and for three quarters, the Lady Rockets held their own against the Lady Rebels. Unfortunately, a decisive fourth quarter propelled South Page to a 46-28 victory. The Lady Rockets fell behind 12-6 at the end of the first quarter and found themselves down by a 25-17 margin at halftime, despite a strong defensive effort. Quarter No. 3 saw both squads turn up the defensive intensity, as South Page increased its lead to 33-23, but the Lady Rockets stayed within striking distance. The Lady Rebels put away the visitors with a 13-5 fourth-quarter performance, dropping the Lady Rockets to 0-17 on the season. Senior Emily Cordell once again paced the Lady Rocket offensive attack with 10 points. The West Nodaway boys jumped out to a commanding 20-9 first quarter lead behind eight points from sophomore Blake Farnan, coming off the Rocket bench.
South Page began to connect from beyond the arc in the second quarter with a pair of three-pointers and cut the Rocket lead to 10 at 37-27 by halftime. The Rockets were paced offensively by Farnan’s 12 points and eight points from junior Trevor Meyer. In the third quarter, South Page made three more three-pointers en route to a 22-point quarter, and as the quarter ended, the Rockets clung to a 53-49 lead. Sophomore Jaden Gillenwater scored six points in the quarter for West Nodaway. Meyer took over in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of his team-high 19 points, as the Rockets moved to 13-6 on the season, despite the barrage of eight three-pointers by the homestanding Rebels in the game. Meyer added five assists and five steals to his 19 point total to lead the Rockets, while Farnan finished with 18 points. Gillenwater added 14 points and five assists and senior Jonathon Madere added 10 points. West Nodaway is back in action Friday night, as it travels to Nodaway-Holt for a pair of 275 Conference games. The girls game is scheduled to tip off first at 6 p.m., with the boys game to follow at approximately 7:30 p.m.
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NEN rallies past Union Star late UNION STAR, Mo. — Big second and fourth quarters propelled the Northeast Nodaway boys basketball team past Union Star on Monday night. Union Star led 14-10 at the end of one, but Northeast Nodaway locked down defensively in the second quarter to take a 23-19 halftime lead. A big start to the second half pushed Union Star back ahead 33-30, but again the Bluejays had an answer as they outscored the Trojans 15-9 in the decisive fourth
quarter to claim their seventh win of the season, 45-42. Garet Jackson and Joel Scroggie led the way for Northeast Nodaway (7-13) with 16 points each while Shaun Burns added nine. The Bluejays are back in action Thursday night as they host Nodaway-Holt in a double-header, which kicks off with the girls game at 6 p.m. Tuesday night’s double-header at West Nodaway was postponed until Feb. 18 due to inclement weather.
Jefferson blows out North Harrison EAGLEVILLE, Mo. — It was never in doubt Monday night as Jefferson ran away with a 72-21 victory over North Harrison. The Eagles put up 25 points in the first quarter and led 25-10. It was the most North Harrison would score all night. Jefferson pushed its lead to 47-14 at halftime and outscored the Shamrocks 25-7 in the second half, including keeping North Harrison off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter.
Four Eagles scored in double figures and one barely missed. Seniors Tyler Merrigan and Kyler Farnan led the way with 17 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomores Ben Jermain and Jason Sulivan added 10 points apiece and sophomore Bryce Deen finished with nine for the Eagles. Jefferson (14-6) will take its three-game winning streak on the road Friday night as it takes on Osborn in the second game of a girls and boys double-header at 7:30 p.m.
Poor second-half showing dooms Eagles EAGLEVILLE, Mo. — The Jefferson girls basketball team looked well on its way to picking up a win, coming off its second place finish in the North Platte Tournament, going up 22-17 after the first half of its contest Monday night against North Harrison. However, things quickly went the other way for the Lady Eagles in the second half. North Harrison took the lead in the third quarter, nearly doubling the Eagles’ production to take a 32-30 lead heading into
the final stanza. It didn’t get any better for Jefferson in the fourth quarter as North Harrison scored 21 points to defeat the Lady Eagles 53-43 in non-conference action. Freshman guard Kelsi McQuinn and sophomore forward Jessie Henry each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles. Jefferson (9-11) is back in action Friday night at Osborn in a girls and boys doubleheader. The girls are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m.
Tuesday night games get rescheduled MARYVILLE, Mo. — In addition to the Northeast Nodaway-West Nodaway double-header that was rescheduled to Feb. 18 at West Nodaway, the Maryville boys game against St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond was also rescheduled.
The Spoofhounds will host Bishop LeBlond in a freshman, JV, varsity triple-header, beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 19. South Nodaway’s contest against Craig/ Fairfax was postponed, but a make-up date was not immediately available.
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Royals fans soak up spring fever as snow falls down By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals ace James Shields is open to staying in Kansas City beyond this season. That news should make the thousands of fans, already flying high over the team’s strong finish a year ago, feel even better as they turned out for their annual FanFest last Friday. The Royals exercised their $13.5 million option on Shields’s contract shortly after going 86-76 last season, their best finish since 1989. The durable right-hander was a big reason behind the success, going 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA in an American League-leading 228.2 innings. Shields told a small group of reporters at Bartle Hall that he was willing to discuss an extension, but he said those talks with general manager Dayton Moore have not taken place. “I’d definitely be open-minded to it,” Shields said. “A player in my position, where I have one more year left before free agency, I mean, I’m definitely open to it. I like Kansas City. I like the organization and I like the direction we’re going.” If Shields went to the open market, it’s unlikely that the Royals would be a player in the chase. There were reports this offseason that he would seek a contract similar to that of former Royals star Zack Greinke, who signed a $147 million, six-year deal with the Dodgers last season. “That’s absolutely not true at all,” Shields said. “I have no clue where he got that from, to be honest with you. I’ve had no discussions with Dayton at all. “If Dayton wants to talk about it, I’m more than willing to sit and talk about it. But during the season, my main focus is trying to win games and get some wins for this team.” Pitchers and catchers are due to report to Surprise, Ariz., for the start of spring train-
ing on Feb. 14. The first full-squad workout is Feb. 20. Most of the Royals’ key pieces return from last season, when they contended into September for the first time in a decade. Their two biggest holes were filled by trading reliever Will Smith to Milwaukee for right fielder Norichika Aoki and signing Omar Infante to solidify second base. “I didn’t think our defense could get any better,” Shields said, “but they’re definitely filling some holes that we had. And they’re great additions to our lineup.” Then there’s the starting rotation, where Ervin Santana became a free agent. While the right-hander has yet to sign elsewhere, the Royals appeared to move on when they signed left-hander Jason Vargas to a contract early in the offseason. Along with Jeremy Guthrie, the first three spots in the rotation are set. That leaves two up for grabs among a handful of candidates, including starters-turned-relievers Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar, veteran Bruce Chen, left-hander Danny Duffy and flamethrower Yordano Ventura. “I’ve just been working hard, resting my arm,” said Ventura, who had a 3.52 ERA in three late-season starts in Kansas City. “I’ve just been getting ready because I want to get out there and make the team.” That doesn’t figure to be an easy task given the glut of competition. “It’s a competitive game anyway,” Davis said. “Why not do it from within a little bit?” Davis said he spent the offseason in the weight room and pronounced himself more ready for this season than any previous year. He also said that he’s already been throwing some bullpen sessions, giving him a head start on reporting for spring training. “I’m definitely going in to start,” said Davis, who began last season in the rotation, but was demoted to the bullpen when he proved ineffective. “Hopefully I get that opportunity.”
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Winter continues grip on Midwest Continued from Page 1 pected to become more dangerous throughout the day, as snowfall tapered from Tuesday night into early Wednesday. Wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph were likely in northern Missouri. By Thursday morning, temperatures were expected to drop to 10 to 15 degrees below zero along the Iowa border, with wind chills as low as negative 25 to 30 degrees possible. The Missouri Department of Transportation said the gusts would create drifting conditions within minutes after plows clear highways. Even before the gusts started, numerous roads in the central and southwest part of the state were covered with snow, including a large section of Interstate 70. In Springfield, a good Samaritan was being hailed as a hero for
jumping into an icy pond Tuesday morning to pull two young women from a submerged car. The Springfield News-Leader reported that Donovan Hensley had just dropped off his wife at work when he saw skid marks leading into a pond and two women standing on a sinking vehicle. He persuaded the women to jump to him, helped both to shore, warmed them in his car and drove them home. No one was hurt. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a truck carrying ethanol slid off Interstate 29 in St. Joseph about 4 a.m. Tuesday, prompting the closure of both southbound lanes until 6:30 a.m., when one lane was reopened. The driver was not injured. Officials urged employers to consider allowing people to work from home or take the day off.
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Ahead of the storm
A City of Maryville salt truck blades new-fallen snow along Buchanan Street during a winter storm that moved into Nodaway County Tuesday morning. The local severe weather is part of a huge system expected to dump several inches of snow across most of the northern half of the state.
Health care law likely to reduce workforce
Gift of life
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James Morrison donates blood late last month at the United Methodist Church in Maryville while hooked up to an Alyx machine, which, instead of collecting whole blood into a bag separates it into various components. Due to severe winter weather, the Community Blood Center, which supplies St. Francis Hospital and other health centers around the region with blood and blood products, continues to experience a severe downturn in donations. Upcoming blood drives in Nodaway County include: South Nodaway Area Cafeteria, 209 Morehouse, Barnard, 2-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13; West Nodaway High School, 17665 Highway 136, Burlington Junction, 2-7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17; and Conception Community Saint Maur Room, 37174, Route VV, Conception, 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several million American workers will reduce their hours on the job or leave the workforce entirely because of incentives built into President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. That would mean losses equal to 2.3 million fulltime jobs by 2021, in large part because people would opt to keep their income low to stay eligible for federal health care subsidies or Medicaid, the agency said. It had estimated previously that the law would lead to 800,000 fewer jobs by then. Republican lawmakers seized on the report as new evidence of the failures of “Obamacare,” the huge overhaul of U.S. health care coverage that they’re trying to overturn and planning to use as a main argument against Democrats in
November’s midterm elections. It’s the latest indication that “the president’s health care law is destroying fulltime jobs,” said Republican Rep. John Kline of Minnesota, chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee. “This fatally flawed health care scheme is wreaking havoc on working families nationwide,” he said. The White House said the possible reduction would be due to voluntary steps by workers rather than businesses cutting jobs — people having the freedom to retire early or spend more time as stay-athome parents because they no longer had to depend only on their employers for health insurance. “CBO’s findings are not driven by an assumption that (the health care law) will lead employers to eliminate jobs or reduce
hours,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. The agency reduced its estimate of the number of uninsured people who will get coverage through the health care law. The budget experts now say more than 1 million fewer people than had been expected will gain coverage this year, partly because of the website problems that prevented people from signing up last fall. However, it wasn’t all bad news for the Obama administration. The CBO’s wide-ranging report predicted that the federal budget deficit will fall to $514 billion this year, down from last year’s $680 billion and the lowest by far since Obama took office five years ago. The new estimates say the health care law will benefit the economy by boosting demand for goods and services.
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Push a little harder and prepare to excel in the coming year. Interacting with others will help open windows of opportunity, allowing you to get the results you seek. To ensure your success, pick up new skills or information that will keep you ahead of the pack. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -You should involve yourself in physical activities that will help you get into shape. You will also find time to catch up on overdue correspondence. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Improve your surroundings. Invest in items that will add to your comfort. Use your skills to gain respect and recognition. Invest in yourself in order to excel. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You can outtalk and outsmart anyone who challenges you. Present your ideas and concerns before you agree to take on a job or responsibility. Get whatever agreement you make in writing. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Your best efforts will be appreciated and lead to greater opportunity. Follow the direction that is best suited to your talents and skills. Keep your private affairs to yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Rise to the occasion. Put your energy to good use. Take the extra step if it will help you finish what you start. Your versatility and quick action will attract an interesting someone. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Confusion or uncertainty must not be what
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Long Suits are worth Long Tricks
Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition.
In “The Merchant of Venice,” William Shakespeare wrote, “At the length, the truth will out.” Whenever you play bridge, dwell at length on your long suits because, in
stands between you and a decision that can alter your future. Evaluate your position and make a move. Avoid excessive individuals. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Get ready for action and take on responsibility. Your leadership ability may be challenged, but in the end you will come out on top. Show enthusiasm if you want to attract attention. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Deal with personal business that has the potential to influence your financial future. An older friend or relative is likely to challenge one of your decisions. Patience will be required. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Travel for business or pleasure will lead to information and the ability to make a good decision. Don’t share the information that you discover until you feel you are in a strong position. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- Do whatever it takes to secure money matters and pending legal affairs. Lending or borrowing will lead to trust issues. Listen carefully to what’s being offered and respond accordingly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Mix business with pleasure, network, share ideas and -- most of all -- build good relationships. An adventure or business trip will grab your attention and offer new possibilities. Jump into action. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Get down to business and smooth out any wrinkles in a presentation you want to make. Attention to detail will make the difference between success and failure. Avoid joint ventures.
truth, they will usually generate extra tricks. Some players are too wedded to high-card points and forget to add value for a long suit. When I watched this deal being played, I liked South’s one-no-trump response. His hand was so soft, with defensive, not offensive, values. (He thought about passing, but no one would do that today.) Then North surprised me by raising to two no-trump. Yes, he had only 17 high-card points, but he should have added two points for his six-card suit and jumped to three notrump. True, if West had been psychic and led a diamond, the contract would probably have gone down two. But he understandably chose a spade, selecting the 10, showing zero or two higher honors by partnership agreement. South won with his queen and played a club to dummy’s queen. East should have ducked this, which would have perhaps tempted
South into an indiscretion. (He might have, for example, played a heart to his queen. Then West could have won and returned to a heart.) However, East won the trick and shifted to a low heart. West won with his ace and returned a heart. In the fullness of time, declarer took nine tricks. It would have been much better play for South to have led his club jack at trick two, so he could have stayed in his hand to repeat the club finesse if it were winning (or, here, East ducked).
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Maryville Public Safety Officer Jessica Wilson works a non-injury two-car accident Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Edwards and Buchanan streets. MPS Director Keith Wood is urging motorists to stay home if possible during severe weather, and to exercise caution and take precautions when forced to navigate snow-covered streets and highways.
Republican lawmakers seek endangered species ‘reforms’ BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Republicans in Congress on Tuesday called for an overhaul to the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalists’ lawsuits and give more power to states, but experts say broad changes to one of the nation’s cornerstone environmental laws are unlikely given the pervasive partisan divide in Washington, D.C. A group of 13 GOP lawmakers representing states across the U.S. released a report proposing “targeted reforms” for the 40-year-old federal law, which protects imperiled plants and animals. Proponents credit the law with staving off extinction for hundreds of species — from the bald eagle and American alligator to the gray whale. But critics contend the law has been abused by environmental groups seeking to restrict development in the name of species protection. Led by Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming and Rep. Doc Hastings of Wash-
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Travel can be hampered by winter weather events, such as the heavy snow received in the area yesterday, but by following a few commonsense tips, safe driving can still be possible. Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood said no extra scheduling of onduty officers was planned for the snow event. “If a weather event causes widespread power outages or other extreme problems, then yes, we would schedule extra officers and patrols,” Wood said. “When the problems caused by the weather are primarily road condition-related, we don’t usually schedule any extra officers.” Wood encourages people to stay home, and off the roads, during severe winter weather conditions, but if travel is necessary, he offered the following tips. “If you’re traveling locally, slow down and take it easy,” Wood said. “Understand that it will take you longer to get where you’re
going, so plan accordingly. “Be sure to clear the windshield and all windows, so visibility isn’t compromised,” he added. “Also, be aware of snow plows and other equipment used to clear roads and driveways.” For longer trips, Wood
flares and reflectors, a fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention and a cell phone adapter to plug into the lighter. “Again, be aware that travel times are going to be slower, so allow extra time to reach your destination,” Wood said.
‘Be sure to clear the windshield and all windows, so visibility isn’t compromised.’
— Keith Wood
suggests putting together a travel survival kit. According to AAA, the kit should include a shovel, windshield scraper and small broom, flashlight with extra batteries, battery powered radio, water, snack foods (such as energy bars), matches and small candles, extra hats, socks and mittens. A first-aid kit with a pocketknife, necessary medications, blankets or sleeping bag, a tow chain or rope, road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction should also be included. For additional safety, add booster cables, emergency
If an accident does occur, Wood encourages motorists to stay in the vehicle once they make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked and contact public safety. “We will respond as quickly as possible,” Wood said. “If there are no injuries, motorists can exchange contact and insurance information, and we can file the necessary reports at a later date. “Again, we encourage people not to travel when conditions are dangerous, but if they have to travel, we want them to arrive safely,” he concluded.