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Maryville R-II school buses are shown parked in a row plugged into electric heaters designed to protect their diesel engines from exposure to extreme cold. Local schools were not in session Wednesday for the second day in a row following this week’s snowstorm, which was accompanied by a front that sent wind chills plunging well below zero.
Students, and even teachers, enjoy the unexpected day off when winter weather in north Missouri makes travel too difficult and a snow day occurs. However, snow days still create problems for school districts that have to be addressed in order for carefully planned instruction to continue with minimal interruption. “Our first priority in calling off school is always student safety,” Maryville R-II School District Supt. Larry Linthacum said. “We always base that decision with student safety in mind.” Every public school in Missouri has a mandatory number of student seat-time hours that must be met in order to receive state funding. In a perfect world, the school calendar would not be influenced by weather interrup-
tions. But, as Linthacum noted, this is northern Missouri, and weather will always play a role. “We do live in northwest Missouri,” Linthacum said, “and winter weather is always going to be a factor. You do your best to plan and prepare for it. We try to plan accordingly, and focus on the positive.” The superintendent said snow days can be a challenge for teachers, due to carefully planned curriculum, but adds that his instructors are flexible enough to adjust as necessary. “Our teachers do a great job of picking up where they left off and communicating with students,” Linthacum said. “Several of our teachers use their Internet web pages and Twitter accounts to communicate with students about any change in class plans that snow days may have caused. “For instance, if a specific class See SNOW, Page 6
City digs out after storm
Not many mishaps reported By TONY BROWN News Editor
News flash. The weather in Nodaway County is really awful this week. It’s bitterly cold, snowy and windy, and just walking down the sidewalk — let alone driving down the street — can be hazardous to your health. What’s more, it looks like the extreme cold is going to hang around several more days at least. The bright spot? Well, things could be worse. According to PeopleService staffers at the Maryville water treatment plant, who keep track of such things, Maryville got only 5 inches of snow Tuesday, though with all the drifting it was hard to tell. Other parts of the county reported as much as 7 inches, and drifts several feet deep were not uncommon. Despite the heavy snowfall, things have been fairly quiet on streets and highways, with Maryville Public Safety reporting only a couple of noninjury accidents Tuesday, and sheriff’s deputies responding to a single slide-off out in the county. Sheriff Darren White said Jackson Township volunteer firefighters responded to a machine shed fire Tuesday evening in the eastern part of the county, but that the blaze was brought under control, and there were no injuries. “I think a lot of people got the mes-
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Facebook turns 10
Facebook keeps people in contact with friends and family across the country. Despite how far away your loved ones live, they are only one click away on Facebook.
Social media connects world By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer
What started a decade ago this week as a way for college students to keep in touch with each other has ballooned into a multi-billion-dollar “social media” revolution. Facebook was born in a college dorm room on the campus of Harvard University on Feb. 4, 2004. Mark Zuckerberg launched the site so that his fellow students could stay connected,
share information, send messages and make new friends. At the time of its launch, the online social media sector was dominated by Friendster and MySpace. But it didn’t’ take long for Facebook to gain an astounding amount of popularity. In just 10 short months, the platform reached a million users. Sharing photos is one thing that people love about the site now, but it
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1946-2014 Julia Ann Partridge, 67, of Maryville, Mo., passed away on Monday, February 3, 2013, at the St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. Julia was born on August 8, 1946, in Maryville, to Charles and Mildred (Mayes) Partridge, Sr. She
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cate to Kentucky. She is survived by her many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, also her great-great nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home. The burial will be in the Nodaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, both of Maryville. The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2014, at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to the family to help with a cemetery marker for Julia. For online condolences and guest book, visit www. bramfuneralhome.com
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The Nodaway County Commission met Friday, Jan. 31. In attendance were Presiding Commissioner Robert Schieber, North District Commissioner Robert Westfall, South District Commissioner Robert Stiens and County Clerk Beth Walker. Business included acceptance of the Washington Township 2013 financial
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report and issuance of a bid request for road gravel. All gravel bids must be received in the County Clerk’s office no later than 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26. The commissioners also signed an agreement with GeoComm to continue software support for the 911 emergency system. Approved by the commission, along with the county
assessor and county clerk, were November and December adds and abates to property tax records. Another item of business included submission by Collector/Treasurer Marilyn Jenkins of fund settlements for approval. Settlements were for July, August, September, October, November, December, semi-annual and annual.
Community Events – THURSDAY –
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
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Obituary attended Maryville schools and was a resident most all her life and had spent a few years in Indiana. Julia tended bar at T.O’s Place, and the Catalina Club, and was a waitress at Terry’s House of Heartburn. She attended Laura Street Baptist Church, and Calvary Chapel, and was a member of the Eagle’s Auxiliary, all of Maryville. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Charles (Buddy) Partridge, Jr., Jack Partridge, Sr., Thomas (Tommy) Partridge, and Lorraine (Sis) Holbrook; two nephews, Robert (Sonny) Holbrook, and Rocky Partridge. Julia was separated from George (Junior) Ebrecht, but they were planning to renew their vows and relo-
Thursday, February 6, 2014
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
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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 Hospitality 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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People First 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
Nodaway County Senior Center, 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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LOCAL BRIEFS Youth theater group to hold auditions The Nodaway Community Theater Company will hold auditions from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the Rose Theater, 120 W. Third St. in Maryville, for fifth-through-eighth-grade students who want to try out for parts in “Goldilocks and the Three Pigs.” The comedy has parts for five or six boys and eight or nine girls. Characters include Goldilocks, a storyteller, six pigs, two witches, Little Red Riding Hood, wood nymphs, a surfer dude and a wolf. Students do not need to prepare audition material but should bring a list of their current activities and times they are available for rehearsal. The play will be performed Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the Rose Theater. For more information, call Nina Dewhirst (660) 582-8916.
Schieber named to Drake honors list Elizabeth Schieber, Maryville, has been named to the President’s List at Drake University for the Fall 2013 semester. To earn a spot on the list, students must achieve a 4.0 grade-point average on a 4-point scale. Drake is a private university in Des Moines, Iowa, with an enrollment of 3,400 full-time undergraduate students and 1,900 graduate students.
Biz-pitch contestants sought for annual event College students, high school students and members of the Maryville community interested in presenting their business ideas in a competitive setting are invited to register for the third annual New Venture Pitch Competition at Northwest Missouri State University. The deadline to enter is Friday, March 14. The competition will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, in J.W. Jones Student Union. There is no entry fee. Lunch will be served during a session featuring Northwest alumnus Carl Hughes, co-founder of Inergy, a publicly traded propane gas company. For information about entering the competition, call or email Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management, at email@example.com or (660) 562-1282.
CAPITOL BRIEFS Bill proposes panel to study state flag JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri House committee is considering legislation that would create a commission to study the state’s official flag. The House Veterans Committee held a public hearing Tuesday on the measure. Sponsoring Rep. Jeff Roorda, of Barnhart, says it would give Missouri the opportunity to adopt a new flag, if officials decide a change is needed. The nine-person commission would hold public hearings around the state, then submit a report to the governor, secretary of state and lawmakers on whether the flag should be altered. The state’s official flag was adopted in 1913, nearly 100 years after Missouri became a state.
Lawmakers work toward truce in the ‘border war’
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers appear ready to embrace a proposed truce with Kansas in a tax-break battle for businesses. Missouri House and Senate committees heard testimony Wednesday on legislation, calling for a moratorium on tax incentives for businesses in the Kansas City region relocating from one side of the state line to another. Missouri’s bill says its moratorium will kick in as soon as Kansas takes a similar action. No one testified against it Wednesday. A study by the Hall Family Foundation found that Kansas and Missouri have waived $217 million of taxes through two programs to shuffle businesses in recent years.
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Northwest hosting Kazual, Chuck D By TONY BROWN News editor
The “doowop-hiphop” vocal group Kazual will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts at Northwest Missouri State University. Admission is free The quartet, which gained national exposure with an appearance during season three (2008) of America’s Got Talent, has been described as performing “an eclectic mix of R&B, hip hop and pop reminiscent of Boyz II Men, New Edition and Jodeci.” The family group, whose members perform as E.Jae, Playboi, D-Mac and Lil’ Gabe, has released two albums, 2002’s Mixfit Mindz and 2010’s Back From the Future. Kazual has also spent a lot of time on the road, taking the stage as an opening act for such artists as Jaheim, Destiny’s Child, Nelly and Ginuwine. Broadcast appearances have included Showtime at the Apollo, the Maury Show and their top-40 finish on America’s Got Talent, where they performed a signature version of “In the Still of the Night” that drew yes votes
Performing at Northwest
The pop/hip-hop quartet Kazual, noted for its 2008 performance on America’s Got Talent, will perform in concert Feb. 12 at Northwest Missouri State University’s Houston Center. Northwest is hosting the free show as part of February’s Black History Month celebration. from celebrity judges Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hasselhoff. Kazual’s appearance at Northwest is one of a series of campus events organized by the university’s Office of
Intercultural Affairs in celebration of Black History Month. Also appearing as part of the series at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom
will be Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the noted rap group Public Enemy. Like the Kazual concert, this is a free event. The author of two critiSee KAZUAL, Page 6
Facebook marks 10th anniversary Continued from Page 1 wasn’t part of the website at launch. Facebook Photos wasn’t added to the site until Oct. 2005. “I joined in 2005 to keep up with friends and events on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University,” said Stanberry resident Vanessa Heyde. “I use it now to keep in touch with friends and family across the country and in other countries. I enjoy it because people really open up online. And I love seeing how my family and friends are growing.” College students in the United States were the original targets of the site, but in Oct. 2005, Facebook added international schools to its network. “I joined back in 2005,” said Megan Lindner, another Stanberry resident. “I went to college six hours away from home and wanted to keep updated on local friends. Back when I joined, your college had to approve it and you used your school email address.” Once the popularity of the site started to escalate, registration was opened to everyone. “I joined in 2006 to keep up with friends from a summer music camp,” said Ka-
ity Holtman, online communications director for the Maryville Daily Forum. “Now I use it for sharing photos and keeping up with friends across the country. Facebook plays a huge role in how we communicate today. Not only is it how friends and family share
journey so far, and I’m so grateful to be part of it,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s been amazing to see how people have used Facebook to build a real community and help each other in so many ways. In the next decade, we have the opportunity and responsibility to connect every-
and events,” Holtman said. “The Daily Forum crew supplements a daily print newspaper with web and social media presences,” Holtman said. “It’s through Facebook that we can bring readers breaking news, sports and community stories more quickly.”
Facebook’s Top 10 • 201.6 billion friend connections • 1.23 billion active monthly active users • 945 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products • More than 6 billion Likes per day on average • 400 billion photos shared on Face book
what’s going on in their lives, it’s also how they get news and share news with one other.” Other milestones for the site included the launch Facebook Chat in April 2008, the iPhone app in July 2008, and the introduction of the Like button in Feb. 2009. The site reached 500 million users in July of 2010 and it crossed the 1 billion active users mark in Oct. 2012. Zuckerberg made a statement earlier this week marking the tenth birthday of his online creation. “It’s been an incredible
• 7.8 trillion messages sent using Facebook • 77.2 billion all-time location-tagged posts • Approximately 81% of daily active users are outside the U.S., Canada • Over 25 million small business Pages • 6,337 employees worldwide
one and to keep serving the community as best we can.” Facebook has evolved into something much more than just a social media network. Businesses have their own pages on the site and use it to expand their presence and bring in more customers. “Through our Facebook pages for the Post and the Daily Forum we can keep local residents constantly connected to news from in and around Nodaway County and to advertising from the area’s local businesses
This week’s severe winter weather has caused closings and delays at businesses and schools across Nodaway County, and Facebook has helped keep people informed about those developments as they happen. “So many people have Facebook constantly at their fingertips with smartphones, tablets, and laptops,” Holtman said. “It’s through Facebook and our website that we’ve been able to bring this week’s winter weather closings to families immediately.”
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As February begins, our faculty, staff and students at Northwest Missouri State are settling into the spring term, building on the momentum of a productive fall trimester, capped with an NCAA Division II Football Championship. In fact, Northwest supporters will have opportunities to see the championship trophy and interact with Bearcat football players and coaches as we launch our Championship Trophy Tour with events in Maryville this weekend. Stop by Maryville’s Hy-Vee Saturday morning for photos with the trophy as well as breakfast and autographs. At 3 p.m. Sunday in Bearcat Arena, you’ll have another chance for autographs, along with photos of this year’s Bearcat football jerseys and the championship trophy. The family-friendly event will include an inflatable slide for kids and all attendees can receive a complimentary poster. From there, the trophy tour travels to St. Louis, St. Joseph, Omaha and Des Moines before wrapping up Feb.28 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., the new site of the Division II football championship. Additionally, February is Black History Month and we are indeed proud of our diverse culture at Northwest. To commemorate the month, Northwest will host a series of events, including lectures and performances, ranging from poetry to R&B. Our Black History Month celebration culminates with a soul food dinner Feb. 25. In other news, for the second consecutive year, the university met all five statewide metrics within the state’s performance funding model: retention and graduation rates, quality of learning, financial responsibility and the percent of students receiving institutional grant aid. Further, our graduates’ 97.4 percent placement rate provides another clear indication of the quality and relevance of the Northwest experience. This is not possible without everyone pulling together and focusing on student success. In the meantime, Gov. Jay Nixon’s fiscal-2015 budget recommendations include more than $120 million more investment in higher education and serve as a catalyst for further economic development across Missouri. With the state realizing the financial benefits of an improving economy, there is no better or more important time to invest in higher education and future economic development. We at Northwest support Gov. Nixon’s proposal and look forward to working with policymakers to support his recommendations and continue Dr. John Jasinski strengthening Missouri’s public higher education system. These strategic investments will help higher education continue serving as a connecting mechanism among K-12 education, the workplace, economic development, community betterment and overall lifelong learning. While still early in both the state legislative and university budgeting processes, Northwest will use the proposed appropriations increase in performance-based funding to help cover mandatory expense increases, deferred maintenance and investments in programs and people. A proposed appropriations increase for STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – programs will be used to help fund our top needs in these disciplines, whose majors account for two of Northwest’s highest-enrolled areas of study. Northwest’s tuition increases are at the lowest percentage in the nation over the last five years, and it is important that Northwest leverages student investment in higher education. Not all tuition costs are comparable, as Northwest’s, unlike others, includes a textbook and laptop rental program, saving students an average of $7,200 over four years. Northwest offers more than 1,200 student employment positions, and 89 percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. High octane performance is not possible without all Bearcats, on and off campus, pulling together and focusing on student success. The university-community partnerships must be protected and enhanced. I hope we all understand the policies we adopt, the decisions we make and the investment in our own organizations to advance the community impact student recruitment, retention and, ultimately, completion. We live and work together and how we lift each other to make Northwest and our community a destination of choice is paramount. Dr. John Jasinski is the 10th president of Northwest Missouri State University.
I remember the first time I saw him perform. It was a silly movie, a movie about tornadoes. Although he was just a bit player in the film, his emotion and range was ever-present, even in a film that had no soul. He became that soul and I was spellbound by his performance because he really shined. That was so many years ago and now this wonderful, talented actor is not with us any more. He leaves behind a family with three young kids, and a legacy of wonderful performances. Not unlike some of the greats before him. I, of course, am talking about the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. I loved this actor and was shocked and stunned beyond belief when the news rolled across my Facebook feed. I immediately jumped on Snopes. com to see if it was just a fake story, like so many celebrity deaths stories turn out to be. Unfortunately, this one was not. Then it came out. This wonderful talent had succumbed to his addictions, like so many talented performers before him. Like River Phoenix, John Belushi, Chris Farley and Heath Ledger, all tal-
ents that left us too soon, Hoffman’s death was linked to drugs. I felt defeated. All I could think of was “Again?” and I just sat there thinking about his little family of three children left without their daddy. Kids that range from the age of 10 to five-years-old that will never be able to ask their father for life-changing advice. That just makes me hurt for them. Philip Seymour Hoffman isn’t the victim in this incident, they are.
This led my sadness and grief to turn to anger. How could this talented father take the chance of dying by injecting heroin into his body? Is it selfishness? Is it depression? I just don’t understand it when those that “make it” can’t seem to find a positive outlet for their talent. If they could, I would still be able to run out and get the latest Jimi Hendrix CD. My friends would still be able to attend the latest Elvis concert. But they can’t, and we are all left wondering what could have been. To this day it is still hard for me to watch “The Dark Knight” because I know that Heath Ledger is in it. Now, every time I look for Mr. Hoffman in “Twister,” I will feel the pain of loss instead of enjoying this tremendous talent. In the end, though, maybe a kid that looks up to this actor will learn from Hoffman’s mistake and avoid drug and alcohol abuse. In that case, maybe it was worth it. But a better example would be to stand up against drug abuse and keep your talent here with us for as long as you can. R.I.P., Philip. It is a shame you are gone because you didn’t need to be.
Letter to the Editor
More problems than alcohol use?
Dear Mayor, City Council, and Citizens of Maryville, I grew up in Maryville, and my husband and I are raising our family here. I love the people in the community and the safety it offers my loved ones. My occupation has given me the opportunity to work for and interact with city administrators, department managers and councils all over the Midwest. Having lived my entire life in the “Ville”, it is often shocking and frustrating to see what other towns have in regards to their planning and zoning and economic development. Maryville has an uphill battle on this front trying to correct what in my opinion are many rotten and poorly thought out decisions over the past thirty years. Some people don’t want it to change. I do and I know many people that do. We can be better, much better! Now, I am far from an expert nor would I ever attempt to make anyone believe that I am the smartest or most educated person weighing in on the Comprehensive Alcohol Ordinance going in front of our City Council on Feb.10. If you are paying attention you know that this is not a new discussion, and the previous ordinance last spring died with a nay vote from Reidel, Funston, and Fall. This has quickly resurfaced and in only 57
days before an election that will for certain change TWO OF THE FIVE VOTERS! Moss and Fall are out, and will be replaced with the top two elected out of candidates Shipley, Martin, and Switzer. A new council has the decision to repeal, leave the same, or modify this ordinance should it pass on Feb. 10. Regardless of your support or opposition to this Comprehensive Alcohol Ordinance, perhaps we shouldn’t get too wound up when it could all turn around and change. With that in mind, why is it crucial for the current council to decide on this ordinance when it is not a short-term necessity to conduct city business in the next two months? Why not allow the new Mayor and council to determine the measure? Why is this being pushed through so quickly with the pending election just around the corner? Mayor Fall and Councilmen Moss won’t be answering to the voters on this one. They will be quickly retiring from their civic duties making way for new faces and knowledge to tackle our community’s challenges. This argument is leaning heavily toward health and safety and the underage drinking epidemic in our society. Are we going to be solving this or even making a significant impact on that problem? Whether we do
or not comes at a cost. Do we know what that cost is? The council agenda listed the financial implications as “N/A.” Really? Are our municipal resources prepared to handle this or will it take more tax dollars? What if those tax dollars disappear if students leave town, and there are layoffs and families leave town? Can our town handle this, and if so for how long? It bothers me to see the value of the average Northwest student and the average citizen for that matter, being minimized and reduced down to merely an out of control drunk in need of more regulation. Not every person is throwing a nuisance party and binge drinking all the time. Many of us have been through this passage in life, some handling it better than others. These college students are our neighbors, babysitters, student-teachers and role models to our youth in Maryville. Over the years, we as citizens have been their positive influence as their teachers, employers, role models, coaches, mentors, neighbors and friends. The economic and community value of the Bearcat football program would not have been possible without the hard work of both citizen coaches and studentathletes. Perhaps we should leave well enough alone and spend our time researching
and solving the bigger issues of our local economy. There aren’t a lot of great jobs in our community. Ask yourself how many of your friends or families commute from Maryville to St. Joseph or Kansas City for work. We have already taken a hit with Energizer, the CIE building is a flop, CMC is empty, and the vacant lots, store fronts, and lack of new construction are too much the norm. How do we continue to attract students necessary to keep the biggest employer in our community from laying off our citizens? I hate to think that we as a community would be okay with underage drinking to be a positive selling point for students, but there aren’t a whole lot of other social options in Maryville outside of football season. If I shop for clothes, I don’t usually shop in Maryville. I can drive 40 minutes down the road and go to the stores that I really want to go to. If my husband and I go on anything besides a movie date, we leave town for entertainment. How do you attract the ideal average citizen tax base, deal with the transportation problem on Main, and better our community in a fiscally responsible manner? In conclusion, we have a laundry list of more important problems in Maryville. Erin (Heflin) Allen Maryville, Mo.
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MU researcher looks to reduce hog odor causes By JASON VANCE MU Extension
This week is “Thank a Farmer Week,” which is appropriate as local farmers and ranchers dedicate themselves to their livestock during this winter storm.
Saying thanks to special farmers These last few days, everyone has been awaiting and preparing for the big snow storm. Some waited for text alerts to hear whether or not they had school. Some tried to figure out how to reschedule the big event they had planned. And many bought ice scrapers, salt and scoop shovels. But as we sit bundled up in our homes with hot chocolate and laptops in our sweats, it is now that I want to remind everyone about who is NOT doing that. Farmers and ranchers across the country are not celebrating any closings. They’re out in this, delivering new baby calves that they have to take inside to keep warm. Chopping ice and thawing waterers to keep their livestock fed. Unrolling hay to give cattle a warm place to lie down. The list goes on, really. This week, while they’re out there working long hours to make sure their livestock are taken bet-
ter care of than thee farmers themselves are, just happens to be Missouri Farm Bureau’s “Thank a Farmer Week.” So thank you, farmers. As I thank farmers around the country, I’m talking about the big and the little guys, the crop growers and the livestock caregivers, the ones shoveling snow and the ones enjoying a week at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association convention in Nashville this week. But I especially thank my special farmers. My dad is my No. 1 farmer. Not only have I watched him work tirelessly to care for his cattle, I’ve watched him set a wonderful example of hard work, compassion, and determination. It was home on the farm that I learned those values and more from him and my mother. My brother works a fulltime job, has kiddos in
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school, and still helps with chores, cares for his own, my dad’s, and my grandpa’s cattle, while digging everyone out of the snow. My grandpa has been taking care of this land and these cattle for more than double my lifetime, and he still gets out every day to do his part. My father-in-law, brother-in-law, and a ton of other friends and family all sacrifice their own comfort for their livestock’s comfort every day. They put my
task list and 40-to-45 hour work-week to shame, and they do it all because they love it. Farming is in their hearts and pumps through their veins. Thank you for caring for your land and animals on a daily basis, all year long, in such a sincere way. Thank you for working from before the sun rises until we’re all in bed, to see continuous growth in your way of life and ensure our tables never go without food. Thank you for always searching for new technologies and ways to do more with less. Thank you for caring about your customers, no matter where you stand within the beef community. And thank you for being so selfless that you don’t just worry about how YOUR families will stay fed, but how EVERYONE’S families will stay fed.
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Pork brings us the wonderful aromas of bacon frying, pork chops grilling and ham baking. However, the odor from a hog house is less pleasant. A University of Missouri Extension assistant professor of agricultural systems management is researching ways to reduce that odor. Through funding from the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Teng Lim is working with biofilters to reduce the odor, dust and gas emissions from typical swine operations. Lim has evaluated smallscale biofilters at commercial hog farms and concluded that these biofilters could be scaled up to reduce emissions from larger hog operations. “We are trying to evaluate different potential media to improve the biofilters,” Lim says. He is looking at materials within the biofilters at the MU Swine Research Center in Columbia. Wood chips are the main type of media used in the filters, although he is also using a puffed plastic material. The biofilters at the MU hog facility have windows to observe the materials inside and are raised off the ground to keep them away from rodents. The rooms in the research barn all have individual ventilation control systems and can be monitored over the Internet. The system uploads all the data to a server and sends a daily email with data from the previous 24 hours. Lim says the data lets the researchers evaluate whether the pigs are comfortable and monitor temperature fluctuation, humidity and pressure to make sure the whole system is working. When producers look to expand their operations or
build a new barn, neighbors often have concerns about the odors. Lim says biofiltration is one of the least expensive ways to reduce odors and dust and should be part of farmers’ best management practices. “It also shows they are concerned with taking care of the environment and their neighbors and community as well,” he says. MU Extension structural engineers, air quality engineers, soil scientists and other specialists are working as a team to evaluate farms and offer recommendations on the best ways to mitigate odor and dust. Lim is also conducting research on anaerobic digesters, which can help with managing waste and controlling odor while also providing a source of energy. Manure from the facility goes through a 21-day biochemical process that produces methane gas, which can be used to fuel generators and boilers, says Brandon Harvey, a graduate assistant working with Lim. Harvey says that a hog farm could meet its energy needs with an anaerobic digester and even earn revenue selling excess energy to the grid. For odor mitigation alone, however, a digester is a much more expensive proposition than biofilters, he said. “Every farm is different, so we’re trying to provide different options, viable options, sustainable options, for people to use,” Lim says. “As hog operations expand, it is critical that they be responsible for the environment and be responsible for their community and neighbors. We want to make sure they have best management practices to adopt that improve their operations and minimize conflicts in their community.”
Northwest MORE project shows interest in local meat does exist MARYVILLE, Mo. — Members of the Market Opportunities for Regional Entrepreneurs (MORE) project, an initiative organized by students and faculty from Northwest Missouri State University’s departments of Agricultural Sciences and Business, have published their final report. MORE was an interdisciplinary effort launched in 2012 aimed at supporting regional meat producers interested in making their products more accessible to local consumers. The goal of the project was to gather information that could be used to increase the profitability of businesses while retaining or creating jobs in all phases of the meat supply chain. “The project was suc-
cessful,” said Dr. Ben Blackford, assistant professor of management and co-director of the project. “We gathered a lot of information from a wide variety of viewpoints. In general, we found that there is interest in local meat on behalf of producers and consumers. There were several interesting findings, some of which could potentially serve as a basis for future projects.” The findings included how consumers characterize local, organic and all natural meat products. Survey results of more than 600 people showed the majority of respondents do not buy local meat because they do not know where they can purchase it. However, results also showed the majority of people
surveyed are interested in buying local meat and they are willing to pay a premium for it. MORE was developed under the leadership of Blackford and Lurinda Gilliland, former instructor of agricultural sciences at Northwest; and Annette Weeks of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF), who was actively involved in the organization and development of the focus groups working with several NWMEF board members. Information was gathered through focus groups and surveys involving meat producers and consumers throughout northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa. Information gathered from both sources suggests that producer and consumer in-
terest in local meat is high. In 2012, the USDA awarded $37,340 in support of the project. In addition to the grant, the MORE project was made possible by support from KCP&L, Northwest, the University’s agricultural sciences department and NWMEF. The project also benefitted from the collaboration of Dr. Chi Lo Lim, associate professor of management; Dr. Deb Toomey, assistant professor of marketing; Dr. Callie Walker, assistant professor of agricultural sciences; and Dr. Naveen Musunuru, assistant professor of agricultural sciences. Individuals interested in obtaining a copy of the report may contact Blackford at email@example.com.
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Kazual, Chuck D slated Continued from Page 3 cally acclaimed books, Chuck D is also recognized as a political activist, publisher, radio host and producer. In recent years, he has hosted “On the Real/Off the Record” for Air America, and these days he continues to make music and write prolifically on technology, politics, rap and soul music and race. Northwest’s Black History Month emphasis comes to a close with the Black History
Achievement Month Celebration banquet, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the union ballroom. Hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Northwest multicultural organizations and the Office of Intercultural Affairs, the evening will consist of a soul food dinner with performances and recognitions throughout. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased before Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Student Engagement Center desk located on the second floor of the union.
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Jordan Andersen and Kristina Hagan, Northwest Missouri State University’s social media interns, recently hosted a @NWMOSTATE #tweetup (or Twitter event) at Colden Hall to give Bearcat freebies away to students walking through the cold and snow on campus.
Snow days cause havoc Continued from Page 1 had a test scheduled for today, and we’ve been out of school the past two days, the teacher can contact the students and let them know that the test has been moved to Friday, and today will be a review day.” Linthacum added that the decision to call off school is made after considering several factors, and the district strives to make that decision in a timely manner. “Again, student safety is always our first consideration,” Linthacum said, “but we try to make the decision early enough that parents who need to make arrangements for day care will have time to do so.” Linthacum adds that non-teaching personnel appreciate early notice if school is cancelled for the day. “Another consider-
ation is our support staff,” he said. “If school is not called off the night before, our maintenance people are here at 4 a.m. to get the buildings and grounds prepared to have school. “Also, the people who prepare breakfast arrive early as well, so they appreciate knowing school is closed as early as possible.” Linthacum bases the decision to call off school on actual weather conditions and not just the forecast. Ideally, the decision
to cancel classes is made the night before, but due to the unpredictability of weather, this isn’t always possible. “Sometimes that’s difficult,” the Maryville superintendent said. “For instance, the storm Tuesday came in a little later than it was forecast, and we probably could have been in session until noon or so. “But we always want to err on the side of caution when student safety is involved, and Tuesday was a prime example of that.”
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hicles had to be towed. “We appreciate the public’s cooperation after the ordinance was activated,” Wood said. “That helps us help the community.” Maryville also dodged the bullet — at least had dodged it as of Wednesday afternoon — with regard to snow- and cold-related injuries. Pat Giffin, Emergency Department nurse manager at St. Francis Hospital, said staff treated one person Tuesday who had been involved in a motor vehicle accident, but that the injury was not serious. “People are heeding the weatherman well and staying indoors,” said Giffin, who added that the emergency room had treated zero cases of frostbite and other cold-related maladies, including heart conditions exacerbated by shoveling too much snow. Wood said officers responded to a couple of falls after people slipped on slick driveways or sidewalks, but that no one had to be taken to the hospital.
Elsewhere, people across virtually all of northern Missouri were digging out following the storm— many of them from under considerably more snow than fell here. According to the Associated Press, about 8 inches of snow fell in the Kansas City area, shutting down schools and businesses and forcing cancellation of dozens of flights at Kansas City International Airport. The National Weather Service stated that Kansas City recorded 7.9 inches of snow, Columbia 5.4 inches, St. Charles 2.3 inches and St. Louis 4.4 inches. The Missouri Department of Transportation reported that several major highways — and almost all of the minor ones — remained snow covered Wednesday, including most sections of Interstate 70. The forecast for northwest Missouri is calling for little or no additional snowfall today and Thursday with low temperatures dropping below zero and highs in the teens.
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QUOTABLE “I felt we approached it like any other game. We came out ready from the jump and went for the kill. There was no playing around with them. We knew what we had to do and we stuck with it.” -Northwest senior guard DeShaun Cooper
Bearcats sign 28 By JASON LAWRENCE Sports editor
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Northwest senior guard Bryston Williams goes up over a Missouri Western defender in the Cats’ blowout 92-64 win on Wednesday night. Williams finished the night with 10 points, hitting two three-point field goals, and two rebounds.
Cats blow out Griffons for 9th straight win By JASON LAWRENCE Sports Editor
The Northwest men’s basketball team left little doubt Wednesday night, quickly jumping on Missouri Western and leading wire-to-wire in its 92-64 win over the Griffons. The Bearcats opened up a 7-0 lead out of the gates and never looked back, pushing their lead out to 17 by halftime.
“I felt we approached it like any other game,” senior guard DeShaun Cooper said. “It’s a basketball game, and we’ve got to go out there and win. That’s what we did. We came out ready from the jump and went for the kill. There was no playing around with them. We knew what we had to do and we stuck with it.” In the first half, senior center Dillon Starzl saw single coverage in the post and went to work, piling up 12 first-
half points. “They were playing straight behind,” Starzl said. “We knew we could go inside and that’s what we worked on all week. That’s what we did in the first half.” Starzl has been seeing a lot of oneon-one defense in the post, having not been doubled in the past four games, and he’s been taking advantage — scoring 46 points and finishing in See CATS, Page 8
The Division II national champions are retooling. Northwest head football coach Adam Dorrel announced the signings of 28 student-athletes as part of the 2014 recruiting class yesterday. “You make a plan back in the fall and its based on your graduating class coming up,” Dorrel said. “Things happen in recruiting and you’ve got to be able to adjust a little on the fly and have a back-up plan. I thought we did a really good job this year of signing a really good class with the limited amount of money that we had.” The Bearcats bolstered the trenches, signing seven offensive lineman and five defensive linemen. “We really felt like we needed to have another solid year on the o-line and d-line and at defensive back, and I feel like we did that,” Dorrel said. They also added three linebackers and four defensive backs on the defensive side of the ball. On offense, the Cats will have five new wide receivers, a pair of tight ends and two running backs. Dorrel, who has recruited a quarterback in each of the last three years, did not go after the position this year and also did not go after a kicker, punter or long snapper, citing internal candidates for the roles. Adam Dorrel “We feel really good about the three kids we signed last year. We feel really good about what they’ve done,” Dorrel said. “Brady (Bolles) is just gonna be a junior, Zimmy (Kyle Zimmerman) is just gonna be a sophomore. We felt like we didn’t have the type of money this year, so we thought this is a year we could kind of make a break in that …. We just decided not to take one this year and thought maybe it will help us for next year’s recruiting class to get one.” The list of recruits includes 13 players from the state of Missouri, four from each Nebraska and Florida, three from Illinois and two from Iowa and Kansas. The pipeline to Florida has been opened up a bit more by the recent successes of Florida natives Brandon and Brian Dixon and Korey Jackson. “We’re just trying to do things that separate us from other schools that we’re recruiting against, “Dorrel said. “We just thought maybe we could gain a competitive advantage by (branching out more to Florida). What we did this year in Florida exceeded my expectations. I thought we’d be lucky to get one or two kids.” Dorrel said scholarship money was a bit tight this year as there were only 12 seniors, so the coaching staff was searching for athletes that could get academic monies as well. Winning the national title also helped with the recruiting process, with recruits being able to watch Northwest play on national television. “Those kids all said they watched the national championship game,” Dorrel said. “To be able to say, ‘Man, watch the national championship game on ESPN,’ was a pretty powerful deal.” Another aspect that helps in the recruiting process is the annual Fall Classic between Northwest and Pittsburg State at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Dorrel said that is a big draw for the local players that Northwest looks at. See RECRUITS, Page 8
Northwest overcome adversity, Griffons to get back in MIAA race By JASON LAWRENCE Sports Editor
The Northwest women’s basketball team is finally overcoming the adversity it struggled with earlier in the season — winning close ball games. “I’m happy for our kids,” head coach Michael Smith said. “A lot of different adversity this team has gone through, from injuries to obviously the coaching change and how tough a schedule we inherited and our kids haven’t made any excuses and they’re really starting to grow up and mature in front of our eyes.” The Bearcats have now won three in a row after Wednesday night’s 50-44 victory over rival Missouri Western and jumped up three spots in the MIAA standings in the process. “It’s definitely a huge step in the right direction for us,” junior guard Ashleigh Nelson said. “We’ve won three in a row, which is really big. It’s at home against Mo. West, which is one of our biggest rivalries, which is always a huge win. Especially for the breast cancer game, it means a lot. It feels good to get a win for them.” Northwest is now just a half game back of the eighth and final spot in the MIAA Tournament with six games remaining in the regular season. It didn’t start out very pretty as both teams struggled offensively in the first half, with Northwest holding a slim 21-17 lead at intermission.
“We had some difficulties with turnovers at the beginning and throughout the second half a little bit with their pressure, which we weren’t really used to,” Nelson said. “We found a way to get through it and we came out with the win.” The offense got better in the second half and both teams exchanged the lead six times and saw three ties in the second half as neither team could get an advantage until Nelson took a dump down pass from junior guard Ariel Easton for the reverse layup then found freshman forward Shelby Mustain for a layup on the next possession to put Northwest up 43-40 with 2:40 to play. The Bearcats knocked down free throws down the stretch — shooting 84-percent on the night and 13-of-15 in the second half. “I told our players I was extremely proud of how they finished it,” Smith said. “We really did play very well overall, but we found a ways to win it at the end. We hit some big free throws. I think we only missed two in the second half, total. “A couple games ago, the free throws really hindered out performance. We really stressed that here the last few days and they’ve been the big thing the last wins.” Easton led the way with 16 points while Nelson and Mustain added eight each. The Cats (8-12, 5-8 MIAA) are back in action Saturday on the road at Lincoln — a team they just beat 55-47 last weekend with a chance to climb up the standings a bit more.
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Northwest freshman post Shelby Mustain goes up for two of her eight points in the Bearcats’ 50-44 victory over Missouri Western Wednesday night. The win marks the third straight for the Cats in conference play.
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Chiefs sign CFL star Weston Dressler KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Canadian Football League star wide receiver Weston Dressler to a futures contract, hoping he can bolster a relatively weak wide receiver corps. The 28-year-old Dressler has spent the past six years in the CFL, where he caught 442 passes for 6,531 yards and 43 touchdowns for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He caught 70 passes for more than
1,000 yards and nine TDs in helping the Roughriders win the Grey Cup. The Chiefs have not announced the signing, which appeared on the NFL’s transaction report. Dressler was a standout at North Dakota, but never generated much interest from the NFL. He is listed at 5-foot-7, 179 pounds. The Chiefs could be looking at Dressler to replace wide receiver Dexter McCluster, who is due to become a free agent.
Royals Crow heads MU hall of fame class COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Aaron Crow tops the list of former University of Missouri athletes selected as the latest inductees into the school’s sports hall of fame. Crow was undefeated as an MU junior in 2008 and was named the nation’s top college pitcher. He is 14-10 with a 3.19 ERA
in his three-year career with the Royals. Also selected to the 2013 class are former men’s basketball star Dan Pippin, who captained the U.S. team to a gold medal in the 1952 Olympics; swimmer John Putnam and All-American runner Ashley Wysong. An induction ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 15 in Columbia.
Recruits fill out Bearcat roster Continued from Page 7 “Obviously, the Arrowhead game really factors in with those Kansas City kids or Kansas City, Kan. kids — kids in that vicinity, even all the way up to here. I grew up a Chiefs fan, most of us are around here. It helps to be able say you’re rolling into Arrowhead Stadium and gonna dress in the Chiefs’ locker room. Kids like that stuff and it’s just something that sets us and Pitt apart from the other schools in the MIAA, and I think that’s huge in recruiting.” In addition to the 28 players that signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday, Dorrel said there are approximately 25
student-athletes that will be brought in as walk-ons. He added that the Cats were done recruiting for the year and would not be looking into any junior college players or transfers unless something unforeseen happens between now and spring practice, which begins in March. More information about spring practice and the 2014 Spring Game will be released at a later time, although Dorrel said spring practice would begin the second week of March, shortly after the coaching staff starts the recruiting process for the 2015 class.
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NEN, Nodaway-Holt games postponed RAVENWOOD, Mo. — Thursday night’s Northeast Nodaway basketball double-header against Nodaway-Holt has been postponed until Feb. 13.
Maryville will start school two hours late, but as of press time the girls contest against Smithville is still scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. JV start.
Cats put Western away early Continued from Page 7 double figures three times. “Different teams do different things. Lincoln, they like to plat straight behind. Western does, too,” Starzl said. “As we move through the conference, teams are going to do different things and they’re going to double. If they do double, I’m going to find shooters like Coop and Conner (Crooker) and Bryston (Williams).” The second half was more of the same as Northwest kept its foot on the pedal, pushing its lead out to as many as 44 points with just less than five minutes to play before head coach Ben McCollum emptied the bench and Western hit a few meaningless shots as time wound down. Cooper hit three three-pointers to lead all scorers with 23 points. Starzl scored 14 points and is now just eight points away from 1,000 for his career. He also had a game-high eight rebounds. “That’s pretty cool,” Starzl said of his approaching milestone. “I didn’t know that. Great career, I guess, at Northwest. I couldn’t do it without any of my teammates or coaches, but that’s pretty cool.” “I think, for him, once he’s done, he’s going to like that he was able to accomplish that,” McCollum said. “Right now, it’s tough because I know he’s going to care, but I don’t know if it’s going to be something Earth-shattering for him. He’ll probably
look at as a results of the effort that he’s put in throughout these four years, rather than the process which we value so much.” Junior forward Grant Cozad came off the bench to score 12 points, including a perfect 6-for-6 mark from the free throw line. Senior forward Kyle Schlake hit all three of his field goal attempts and all four free throw attempts to finish with 10 points to go along with four rebounds and senior guard Bryston Williams also added 10 points. “A lot of that (balance) is (Starzl) and DeShaun — they’re such threats that they draw so much attention that it opens it up for everybody else,” McCollum said. “They’re also very unselfish. They could care less if they have one point or 25 points. They just really want to win and whatever it is that they need to do that game to win, they’re gonna do it.” Northwest (17-5, 12-1 MIAA) has already clinched a spot in the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City March 6-9, and travels to Jefferson City on Saturday to take on Lincoln for the second time in a week. The Bearcats knocked off Lincoln (2-18, 0-12) 92-59 last Saturday at Bearcat Arena. “When we go down there, we’ll have seen them a week earlier and our guys are great at executing, so obviously we’re going to tweak some things to help us gain a little bit more of an advantage when we go down there,” McCollum said.
Northwest announces 2014 high school signees
Ben Althoff LB 6-1 210 Palmyra Althoff earned all-state honors as a junior, was an allconference performer, first-team all-district, second-team all-area and led Palmyra to the district championship game the past two seasons. The team also advanced to the quarterfinals in 2013. He was coached by Kevin Miles and his parents are Joe and Brenda Althoff. Shawn Bane, Jr. WR 5-11 65 Sarasota (Fla.) Bane, Jr. was a two-time all-state performer and was named to the all-area team as a junior and again as a senior. He caught 49 passes for 890 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013 after catching 57 passes for 1,129 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012. He played in the Blue/Grey National AllStar game. He was voted a team captain and team MVP his senior season and the offensive MVP his junior year. He was named to the honor roll, coached by Ed Volz and his parents are Gretta Saundres and Shawn Bane, Sr. Connor Besancenez OL 6-4 275 Mehlville Besancenez was a first team All-Suburban West Conference performer and was voted Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was coached by Kent Heinemann and his parents are Todd and Kim Besancenez. Emmai Brown LB 6-0 186 University City Brown was named a team captain as a senior for University City. He was coached by Carl Reed and his mother is Tiffany Brown. Jacob Chapple TE 6-5 212 O’Fallon Township (Ill.) Chapple was coached by Brandon Joggerst at O’Fallon Township High School and his parents are Trevelle Chapelle and Melody BoJang. Austen Eskew TE 6-4 220 Lawson Eskew was a first team all-state, first team all-district performer as a senior and earned all-conference and all-district honors as a defensive end as a junior. He holds the school record for reception yards in a season (790) and single game reception yards (103). He is also an accomplished wrestler. He is a three time conference champion at three different weight classes. In 2013 he was the 195 lb. state champion and was the Wrestler of the Year. He holds school records for pins in a season (40), wins in a season (50) and career wins with more than 150. He was coached by Todd Dunn and his mother is Brandy Eskew. Zach Flott OL 6-5 295 Ralston (Neb.) Flott lettered all four seasons at Ralston High School and was named All-State Class B as a senior. He earned all-metro honors, was named Super State and All-Nebraska as a senior. He also lettered three years in basketball and track and was on the academic honor roll. He was coached by Tyler Sahn and his parents are Eric and Christy Flott.
Kenneth Harrell DE 6-3 205 Vashon Harrell was a first team all-conference performer as a senior and was invited to the Missouri vs. Illinois All-Star game. He was a second team all-conference performer as a junior and was named honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore. He was coached by Reginald Ferguson and his mother is Glenda Williams. Mikey Henson WR 6-2 190 Blue Valley (Kan.) Henson was a first team All-EKL performer and earned all-state honorable mention accolades as a senior while leading the Tigers to a Kansas state championship. He was second team all-conference and honorable mention all-state as a junior. He led the team in receiving yards as a junior and a senior. He also lettered in basketball and track. He qualified for state track in high jump, long jump and triple jump.
He was coached by Eric Driskell and his parents are Mike and Faye Henson. Najeem Hosein DB 6-1 175 Oak Ridge (Fla.) Hosein was a team captain and a three-year starter at Oak Ridge and was named All-Osceola County as a junior. He was coached by Elijah Williams and his parents are Latiff and Derika Hosein.
Devin Houston LB 6-2 216 Liberty Houston was a first team all-conference performer at Liberty. He earned second team all-state honors and was the co-defensive player of the year. He was coached by Chad Frigon and his parents are Toni and Fieldon Houston. Emanuel Jones RB 5-11 200 Mundelein (Ill.) Jones was named Chicago Area MVP by the Daily Herald and was all-state honorable mention. He was coached by George Kaider and his parents are Vince and Dietra Jones. Trey Kothe OL 6-7 260 Macon Senior Kothe was a three-sport athlete at Macon. He was a first team all-conference, first team all-district performer as a senior and earned second team all-district honors as a junior. He was an all-conference center in 2012, named all-district in 2013 in the shot put and earned all-conference honors in the discus in 2013 and was a state qualifier in track. He was coached by Pete Claas and his parents are Paul and Marcia Kothe. Cody Massey WR 6-3 175 Lafayette Massey was a two-year St. Joseph all-city performer at Lafayette and was named all-conference and all-district. He was coached by Paul Woolard and his parents are Mike and Tracy Massey. Jackson Morrison OL 6-3 298 Maryville Morrison helped lead Maryville to two consecutive state championships. He was a three-time all-state honoree, three-time all-conference on defense, earned honors twice from the St. Joseph News Press and was a three-time alldistrict performer. He was coached by Matt Webb and his parents are Kirby and Angela Morrison. Brent Morrow DL 6-2 282 Ladue Horton Watkins Morrow was a first team all-state performer as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior and third team honors as a sophomore. He was a three-time all-conference performer, named conference lineman of the year three times and named first team all-metro after earning second team honors during his junior and sophomore seasons. He was named team captain and team MVP as a senior. He was named in Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report 2013, will be a member of Team USA in Arlington, Texas and was named to the Detetrious Johnson All-America team as a junior. He was coached by Mike Tarpey and his parents are Larisa Hairston and Jesse Morrow. Trent Nally DB 6-3 190 Maryville Nally helped lead Maryville to two consecutive state championships, was the Class 3 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior and was first team all-state and first team all-conference as a junior and senior. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore. He was coached by Matt Webb and his parents are Chris and Amy Nally. Ben Norgaard OL 6-4 320 Carroll (Iowa) Norgaard was first team all-state, first team all-district and first team All-Western Iowa as a senior. He was a team captain and earned second team All-Western Iowa and honorable mention all-district honors. He was coached by Dennis
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Kory Poelker DL 6-3 240 O’Fallon Township (Ill.) Poelker was a second team all-conference performer at O’Fallon Township and was named all-area honorable mention. He was coached by Brandon Joggerst and his parents are Randy and Kelly Poelker. Hunter Ramirez WR 6-2 205 Grain Valley Ramirez was a first team all-conference performer as a wide receiver and punter during his junior and senior seasons. He was named first team all-district as a wide receiver and punter as a junior, first team all-district and third team all-state as a senior. He won the Erick Roe (Top WR) Elite 81 award, was named team MVP, was an Otis Taylor Award semifinalist (best Kansas City area WR) and was on the KMZU Dream Team twice. He was coached by Jimmy Tucker and his parents are Ray and Stacie Ramirez. Ernest Scott DB 6-0 180 Oak Ridge (Fla.) Scott earned honorable mention from the Orlando Sentinel Super 60 and was the MVP of the Bright House Sports televised game. He was also a standout in track, earning the Early Tarwick Newcomer award. He was coached by Elijah Williams and his parents are Ernest and Brenda Scott. Mike Sehl DL 6-3 220 Regina (Iowa) Sehl was a first team all-state and a first team all-district performer at Regina High School and earned second team all-state honors from the Des Moines Register. He was coached by Marv Cook and his parents are George and Kara Sehl. Marcus Stewart, Jr. DL 6-2 240 Pattonville Stewart, Jr. was a second team all-state performer for Pattonville and earned first team all-conference and first team all-district honors. He was coached by Steve Smith and his parents are Marcus and Betty Stewart. Noah Voss WR 6-3 195 Fremont Senior (Neb.) Voss was an all-conference performer at Freemont. He was named honorable mention all-state by three different publications — the Omaha World Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Fremont Tribune. He was a team captain as a senior and led the team in receiving yards during his junior and senior campaigns. He was coached by Seth McClain and his parents are Mark and Shawna Voss. Chase White RB 6-0 195 Maize (Kan.) White was named all-state Kansas 6A as a senior, first team all-league and earned all-metro honors. He was coached by Gary Guzman and his parents are Kenny White and Lisa Hanson. Alex Wickert OL 6-3 270 Ralston (Neb.) Wickert was a Class B all-state performer on the offensive and defensive lines as a senior and was named to the academic honor roll all four years. He was coached by Tyler Zahn and his parents are Robert and Molly Wickert. Quinza Witcher DB 5-10 180 Duncan U. Fletcher (Fla.) Witcher was named an impact player at Duncan U. Fletcher High School and earned player of the week honors as a senior. He was coached by Josh Corey and his mother is Nisa’a Knight. Tom Young OL 6-3 290 Westside (Neb.) Young was an all-state performer at Westside High School and was named Super State as a senior. He earned first team all-metro, all-conference and all-district honors. He was coached by Brett Froendt and his parents are Harold and Beth Young.
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Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song “Happy.” There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance. Williams wrote “Happy” for “Despicable Me 2.” It’s nominated for original song along with U2’s “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” ‘’Let It Go” by Idina Menzel from “Frozen” and Karen O’s “The Moon Song” from “Her.” The 40-year-old Williams has been on quite a run with prominent roles in the recent hits “Get Lucky” and “Blurred Lines” and with four Grammy wins, including producer of the year. The Oscars will be presented March 2. JACK ENGLISH
Jason Statham stars as “Parker” in FilmDistrict’s film, PARKER.
Parker, with Jason Statham, isn’t pretty but it entertains Parker By Gary Darling Staff Writer
Jason Statham is my go-to guy for pointless, but fun, action movies. Sometimes they work out well and sometimes I regret even thinking about watching it the first time. So it is usually just a roll of the dice on whether I am going to find some pleasure in his films. Enter the movie, “Parker.” The thing that scared me most about this particular feature is not that it would be bad, but that it also starred Jennifer Lopez of “Gigli” fame. It is weird that I can forgive Ben Affleck for “Gigli,” but not Lopez. Wonder why that is? Anyway. So I went into watching this movie with extremely low expectations and
those low expectations were met. I found that I didn’t really dislike “Parker.” In fact, I kind of enjoyed it. Parker (Jason Statham) is a professional thief who specializes in planning large robberies. One such robbery involved an elaborate heist of the Ohio State Fair’s gate money. Things are going smoothly in this heist until Hardwicke (Michaha Hauptman) sets the wrong bale of hay on fire. This fire spreads and leads to the death of a spectator. Parker, disgusted by the crew he hooked up with, refuses to roll over his share from this heist into an even bigger robbery. Unfortunately, the crew already has the scam in place and need his share of the loot. They attempt to take him out and end up shooting him dead on the side of the road. Or at least that is what it appears
to be. Now armed with revenge of the double-crossing, Parker sets out to get what is his and make those responsible pay. That is, if he can stay alive long enough. Okay, so this film isn’t Shakespeare. I wasn’t expecting it to be. Although the initial story line isn’t the worst I have ever seen either. It almost has a point to it. Where this film takes a turn for the worst is in some of the acting. No I am not talking about Jennifer Lopez. She wasn’t half bad. Jennifer I finally forgive you for “Gigli.” I was, though, disappointed in the acting of one Michael Chiklis. A seasoned actor like that should know better than that. In the end, though, “Parker” is an okay action film that will get you from point A to point B in an enjoyable manner. Give it a shot.
Benedict Cumberbatch meets Muppets in PBS video
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Benedict Cumberbatch is a star used to working with other stars, but even he was impressed by the cast of a new project. The British actor of “Sherlock” and “Star Trek” fame appears with a pair of “Sesame Street” Muppets in a video posted Tuesday on PBS’ YouTube channel. With the help of Count von Count (Matt Vogel, who replaced the late Jerry Nelson) and Murray Monster (Joseph Mazzarino), Cumberbatch explains how to count up four apples and three oranges, and which is the greater number. He also, patiently and repeatedly, tries to get a skeptical Murray to believe that he is not actually Sherlock Holmes but just plays the detective on TV. Cumberbatch taped the spot in January, when he joined actress Amanda Abbington to promote the new “Sherlock” season to a TV critics meeting in Pasadena, Calif. His puppet encounter proved to be something to brag about. “I just met with the Muppets,” Cumberbatch gleefully told Abbington, who plays the wife of Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman, her real-life partner). “Did you have a good time?” she asked. “It was so much fun,” he said, adding, “They are real.” They are, agreed a smiling Abbington. A 2013 PBS YouTube video featuring an encounter between “The Avengers” star Tom Hiddleston and Cookie Monster has been viewed more than 2 million times.
Fran Drescher feels Broadway ‘butterflies’
Fran Drescher assumes her throne as evil stepmother Madame in Broadway’s “Cinderella.” By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Fran Drescher recently turned a corner in her life. She’s gotten a new pet, a new man and a new job — on Broadway. The Emmy Award-nominated former star of “The Nanny” is making her Broadway debut Tuesday as the wicked stepmother in “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” a step she knows is outside her comfort zone.
“People should always push themselves to feel the butterflies in the stomach, to get nervous, to learn something you didn’t know before,” the 56-year-old says. Drescher takes over from Tony Awardwinner Harriet Harris on Tuesday night for a 10-week engagement through April 13 at the Broadway Theatre. Cinderella is also switching, from Tony-nominated Laura Osnes to “Call Me Maybe” Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen. “Canadians are such sweet people, aren’t they? They have no edge,” the nasally
voiced Drescher jokes before a full day of fittings, choreography and rehearsals. Her phone has been blowing up with excited texts and emails from friends about her next move. She might be nervous but Drescher — a survivor of uterine cancer — puts it in perspective. “I’m a victim of a violent crime — I was raped at gunpoint. I’m a cancer survivor. I went through a very painful divorce. Life hands you blows. No one leaves this planet unscathed. But, as they say, that which doesn’t kill us makes us strong,” she says. “No one’s going to die if I flub a line. I’ll try my best, I’ll give my all and I’ll do it with great love and passion.” Drescher on Broadway shouldn’t be such an unusual concept: A native of New York, her parents took her often to see shows and she recalls “Godspell” changing her life. She likes to see as many shows as she can and caught “August: Osage County” three times and “Jersey Boys” twice. She made her stage debut at The Pasadena Playhouse in Ronald Ribman’s “Rug Merchants of Chaos.” She was in Neil LaBute’s “Some Girl(s),” ‘’The Exonerated” and Nora Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” off-Broadway. She also was in a 2008 production of “Camelot” at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic. Her love of the stage is even embedded in her most famous work, “The Nanny.” She and the show’s creators decided to make Nanny Fine’s boss, Mr. Sheffield, a theater producer. “We wanted to support Broadway,” she says. “If we were going to plant Miss Fine in New York, somehow Broadway should be threaded through that.”
The traditional fairy tale she’s about to enter has been given a makeover by Douglas Carter Beane, who has turned the musical into a charming, witty story updated for a new generation. Drescher promises to make the part of the stepmother her own, modeling her on Cruella De Vil from “101 Dalmatians” and Miranda Priestly from “The Devil Wears Prada.” “My version of the wicked stepmother is going to be very self-absorbed, very confident, very much a diva in her own mind, very glamorous and beautiful,” she says. Tony-winning producer Robyn Goodman has been impressed by what she’s seen of Drescher. “She’s going to bring sexiness and a kind of humor that’s different than anything else on the stage,” Goodman says. “She makes me laugh. She just makes me laugh.” Drescher is coming off a rough personal and professional patch, but things are looking up. Last year, her beloved Pomeranian dog Esther died and her sitcom “Happily Divorced” was canceled. But she met a man — V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, an MIT lecturer who claims to have invented email in 1978. She introduced him to her parents over Christmas, and they celebrated his 50th birthday with an Italian holiday. “For each of us, I think it’s our first truly adult, mature relationship where we’re not trying to fill each other’s voids,” she says. Drescher’s heart also swelled when she fell in love with a new Pomeranian, Samson. “Here I am in New York, doing the Broadway play, with a boyfriend that I love, and a little dog that fills my heart with joy and laughter. So the new chapter has begun.”
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the outcome in six clubs after West led the heart king? The auction was involved. North’s negative double showed his fourcard spade suit. Then, when South indicated extra values by jumping to three no-trump, North bid his long diamond suit. South control-bid (cue-bid) four hearts to suggest a slam. West’s double was futile. And, finally, South chose six clubs. Both six clubs and six diamonds can be made, but each requires doubledummy play. (Declarer must know where all of the cards lie.) The expert in six clubs adopted a sensible line. After winning with his heart ace, South ran his diamond queen to East’s king. East, thinking his partner would have led a singleton if he had one, returned a heart. But declarer ruffed in the dummy, cashed the club king, crossed to the spade king, and drew
trumps, squeezing East in spades and diamonds (not that it mattered, because South could have established dummy’s diamond suit). East should have returned a diamond. If South had had a singleton queen, he was unlikely to have rebid three no-trump. Also, even if he had, the diamond lead probably would not have cost. West would have needed a trump trick to defeat the contract, which was not likely to evaporate.
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Getting things done on a snowy day
COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM TOP: The snow really started coming down on Tuesday afternoon as everyone was getting off work at Kawasaki in Maryville. “The picture (at First and Main streets) is completely in focus but it was snowing like mad,” Misty Malone said. • Sun dog in northwest Missouri. • This steer seems to be saying, What? Do I have something on my nose? • Creason Wallace, five months old, helps his daddy hay the cows on a very cold day. • Grady Gockel made snow ice cream so he could enjoy the snow from inside where it was warm. • Carter Jensen said, “Ah, I’ll be fine, Mom. I’ve got four wheel drive!” • Some members of Maryville high school’s baseball team worked most of the day Wednesday scooping sidewalks and driveways for a donation to the team. The group consisted of Logan Catlett, senior; Jarret Cronin, junior, Dakota Beemer, sophomore, and Kade Allenbrand, sophomore.