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Volume 103 • Number 249 • Tuesday, December 24, 2013 • PO Box 188 • 111 E. Jenkins • Maryville, MO
Limited shelter options for those in need By Steve Hartman Staff Writer
With the arrival of both the winter holidays and a sub-freezing north Missouri cold snap, those who find themselves in need of emergency shelter and meals face limited options in the Maryville area — but some assistance for the homeless and transient is available. Maryville currently has no dedicated emergency shelter program in place. However, several local agencies and organizations have the capability of providing such assistance on a case-by-case basis.
“I would also encourage those who find themselves in this type of situation to contact the local Red Cross chapter.” Glenn Miller, resource development, housing and energy director for Community Services Inc., a local social services agency, encourages people to contact his office in the event that they need emergency shelter or assistance with other basic needs. “We have relationships with several local
landlords, particularly with Section 8 housing, and many times we can work with them to provide short-term, temporary housing, and we will do our best to help those in need,” Miller said. Maryville’s First United Methodist Church, located at 102 North Main, leaves an outside door on the south side of its education building on West First Street unlocked to provide access to a small lighted, heated room inside the church, essentially a foyer, that provides an immediate shortterm solution to those seeking a warm place in an emergency. “We have the door labeled with a sign, and the room is heated and lighted, said the Rev. Scott Moon said. “We’ve done this for many years, as we know there’s need from time to time for such a place, and we’re more than happy to provide it. “I would also encourage those who find themselves in this type of situation to contact the local Red Cross chapter.” For those in emergency situations who may need a hot meal, St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church provides a Monday evening dinner through their Manna Kitchen program. The meal is served at 5 p.m. The Chow program at Maryville’s First United Methodist Church provides a 5 p.m. meal on Wednesday, and the Maryville Presbyterian Church provides a 5 p.m. meal on Thursday through their Shepherd’s Kitchen program.
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Shelter from the cold
The Rev. Scott Moon of the Maryville First United Methodist Church stands inside a small entryway that the church keeps unlocked in cold weather for anyone who may need emergency shelter from the elements. Those seeking clothing and grocery items can contact the Maryville Ministry Center at 971 South Main. The food pantry is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2-4
p.m., and clothing is always available. Those in need of groceries should call (660) 582-6649 a day ahead before 1 p.m. and make an appointment.
Smithville Lake to host ‘other’ bald eagle days
Winter is here!
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Most wildlife fans in this area are familiar with the annual Eagle Days celebration at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City about an hour west of Maryville. They may be less familiar with a similar event hosted for the past 19 years by the Missouri Department of Conservation at Smithville Lake north of Kansas City. The year’s bald eagle observation gathering at the lake is set for Saturday, Jan. 4, through Sunday, Jan. 5.
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Jordyn Swalley, left, and Karen From brush snow from Swalley’s car Sunday morning on West Edwards Street. Maryville residents awoke Sunday morning to find streets and driveways covered with nearly nine inches of the white stuff following the season’s first major winter storm.
Snow removal sales remain steady By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff Writer
Saturday night brought heavy snowfall to northwest Missouri and with that heavy snow came buried driveways, walkways and sidewalks. With the town covered by eight-and-a-half inches of snow, priority one Sunday morning was digging out. Residents resorted to snow shovels, snow-blowers, ice-melt and snow tires to clear driveways and sidewalks and navigate slick streets. Bryan Dulin, a manager at Watkins True Value Hardware, said he expected heavy customer demand for snow removal equipment, especially snow-blowers, but that the run failed to materialize. “We usually see a spike in sales,” Dulin said. “We only sold one snow-blower. But I think it could be because
people couldn’t really get out (of their driveways).” Nick Love at Sutherlands Lumber & Home Improvement said the store sold several pallets of ice-melt and a fair number of snow shovels. Walmart Location Manager Lonnie Scheffe said sales of winter gear were about normal for the day after a big snow. “Our products get pre-decided before the snow hits depending on the forecast,” Scheffe said. “Sales were pretty well the norm on snow shovels and snow tires.” Scheffe said sales may have been slowed because people were simply unable to dig out of their driveways and parking spots. However, with school in and around Nodaway County out for the Christmas holidays, both Scheffe and Dulin noted an increase Saturday and Sunday in the number of sled sales.
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‘Saturday shows will be 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday shows will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Paradise Pointe is part of the Little Platte Park at 18212 Golf Course Road.’ Events during the weekend will include educational presentations by naturalists from Operation Wildlife and the display of captive eagles at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course Complex in Little Platte Park. Show times on Saturday will be 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Shows on Sunday will take place at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Paradise Pointe is part of the Little Platte Park at 18212 Golf Course Road. A variety of other booths and wildlife displays are planned as well as well as outdoor viewing stations where prime viewing should be available of wild eagles and waterfowl. The number of wild eagles present always depends on weather, but a good number of the majestic birds are generally on hand for the annual gathering. Each winter, eagles migrate through Missouri, staying primarily near rivers and lakes where they can feed on fish and waterfowl for food. A single snowy owl, an unusual migrant visitor in Missouri, was spotted at Smithville Lake in early December, but MDC ornithologist said there have been no further sightings. For more information on bald eagles and other winter wildlife viewing opportunities in Missouri, go to www.mdc. mo.gov.
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mother Marg Snow, Warsaw, Indiana, 4 grandchildren, 2 extended family grandchildren, and 2 greatgrandchildren. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 26, 2013, at Price Funeral Home, Maryville followed by funeral services at 6:30 p.m. Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Friday morning December 27, 2013 at the Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak, Iowa. Memorials may be made to SSM Hospice and Homecare Foundation, Maryville, Missouri in David’s name. Arrangements: Price Funeral Home (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com)
Express Iris Society and Past President of Maryville Garden Club, Lavon’s nursing career mirrored Robert’s TWA career, taking her to Pasadena, California and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. A move to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia found LAVON RAE Lavon caring for other HOLLINGSWORTH members of the American 1924-2013 community. Returning to Lavon Rae Holling- Kansas City, she worked sworth, 89, Maryville, at the TWA Overhaul Base, Missouri, died Sunday, Worlds of Fun, and Swope December 22, 2013, at her Park Nursing Home. home in Maryville. Lavon Lavon became a true was a retired nurse and co- peony enthusiast working owner of Hollingsworth alongside Don in developPeonies Nursery. ing a thriving commercial Lavon was born May peony nursery. During the 31, 1924, in Atchison, Kan- past 20 years she immensesas to Albert John and Mari ly enjoyed attending the Willa (Mayfield) Wohlge- annual APS conventions, muth. kindling dear friendships A 1942 graduate of and promoting HollingAtchison High School, sworth originations and and also a graduate of the propagations. Cushing Nursing School, Preceding in death were Leavenworth, Kansas in her parents, her first hus1945. band Robert Tretheway, She first married Robert February 14, 1981, infant Parker Tretheway, October son Dean George Trethe16, 1945. After Robert’s way, and two brothers Aldeath she married Don bert John Wohlgemuth and Hollingsworth on July 30, Melvin Wohlgemuth. 1993, in Atchison, Kansas. Survivors include: her Lavon was a member husband Don Hollingof the Camp Creek United sworth of their home, 3 Methodist Church, Cum- sons Robert Parker (Rosie) mings, Kansas, American Tretheway II, Colorado Peony Society, the Pony Springs, Colorado, Kent
Ray (Kathryn “Kop”) Tretheway, Derby, Kansas, Dana Ross (Glenny) Tretheway, Tulsa, Oklahoma, step-son, Larry W. (Eileen) Loos, Maricopa, Arizona, step daughters Sandra M. Loos, Kansas City, Missouri, and LaDonna S. (Vincent) Benne, Platte City, Missouri. Seven grandchildren, 6 step-grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren and 7 step great-grandchildren. Visitation is 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Price Funeral Home, Maryville. A visitation will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Becker - Dyer- Stanton Funeral Chapel, Atchison, Kansas, with the funeral service following at 11 a.m. and burial in Camp Creek UMC Cemetery, Atchison, Kansas following the service. Memorials may be made to the Camp Creek United Methodist Church, 5667 Meade, Cummings, Kansas 66016 or SSM Hospice and Homecare Foundation, 2016 South Main Street, Maryville, Missouri 64468 in Lavon’s name. Arrangements: Price Funeral Home (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com)
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David was a 1966 graduate of Grant City High School and had been in sales his entire life. He married Linda Cook April 17, 1965, in Kansas City, Missouri. To this union three children were born Paul, Darrin, and Kelly. David was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Maryville, Missouri. Preceding in death were his father Charles, son Darrin Snow, and granddaughter Hailey M’Lynne Snow. Survivors include wife Linda Snow, of the home, son Paul (Cari) Snow, Maryville, daughter Kelly Bryant, Glenwood, Iowa, brother Tom (Diane) Snow, Winona Lake, Indiana, his
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DAVID HAROLD SNOW 1948-2013 David H. Snow, 65, Maryville, Missouri, formerly of Glenwood, Iowa died Sunday, December 22, 2013, at his home. David was born March 3, 1948, in Gentry, Missouri to Charles C. and Margheretta (Kirschner) Snow.
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Incidents December 12 8:37 p.m. 600 block S. Main – Larceny ongoing investigation December 14 11:35 p.m. 500 block N. Fillmore – Haylee B. Dacis, 22, Lexington, Mo. Open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; Anna J. McKee, 21, Maryville Open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; Keenan A. Joiner , 22, Maryville – Open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle December 15 1:39 a.m. 100 block W. Torrance – John W. Turner, 41, Maryville – Failure to maintain financial responsibility, failure to register a motor. vehicle. 2:09 a.m. 300 block E.
Third – Coby R. Cross, 21, Maryville – Driving while intoxicated, defective equipment December 16 2:29 p.m. 900 block W. Third – Property damage ongoing investigation December 18 2:34 p.m. 1500 block S. Main – Forgery ongoing investigation December 19 3:40 p.m. 400 block N. Market – Brandon C. Foster, 21, Maryville – WOW – FTA 5:06 p.m. 1200 block S. Main – Quentin S. Martin, 20, Maryville – Possession of a fake/altered I.D., misrepresentation of age to acquire alcohol December 22 1:20 a.m. 400 block W.
Sixth – Delmond T. Williams, 29, Maryville – No valid driver’s license, failure to register a motor vehicle, failure to maintain financial responsibility Accidents December 18 4:15 p.m. 1300 block S. Main – Driver 1: Angela D. Martin, 43, Stanberry, Mo.; Driver 2: Melanie G. Houchin, 39, Maryville December 20 5:37 p.m. 900 block N. Main – Driver 1: Cassondra K. From, 20, Maryville/ Citation – careless & imprudent; Driver 2: Clyde B. Chapman, 23, Maryville December 21 12:29 a.m. 300 block N. Market – Driver 1: Unknown; Vehicle Owner 2: John L. Beeman, Maryville
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Community Events –WEDNESDAY –
Nodaway County Senior Center Bingo Sponsored by Golden Living, 12:30 pm. Tai Chi 5 to 6pm. Dementia, Alzheimers support group 3rd Wednesday of each month. 6-7pm. Presbyterian Church, Maryville, MO. Jessica Loch, 816-261-2440. Tina Baker, Nodaway Nursing Home 660-562-2876. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 6pm. 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 9am 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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Nodaway County Senior Center Hand and Foot 9 a.m.; Pool Tournament noon; 10 pt. pitch 6 p.m. Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 6pm. 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. every 4th Thursday @ First Christian Church, Maryville, 660-582-4959 or 582-4898 Diabetic Support Group Location changed to South Hills Medical Building, in the Front Lobby. Shepherd’s Kitchen offers a free supper from 5 to 6 p.m. weekly @ the First Presbyterian Church, Maryville
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Nodaway County Senior Center Pinochle Tournament $.50 12:30pm.
Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 8 am. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 8pm. BJ American Legion Beef & Noodles every 2nd Friday, 5-7pm at the Methodist Church in BJ. No Meal in December. January will be Ham & Beans and Vegetable Beef Soup. Open Mic Nights every week; music, comedy, poetry drama @ The Rose Theater, Maryville; sign in 6:30 p.m., begin 7 p.m. $3 cover chg ADHD Support Group meets 6-8 p.m. third Friday in Hospitality Rm. @ St. Francis Hospital, info 660254-4369 AA meeting at 8PM weekly @ Conception Abbey
– SATURDAY –
Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 12pm. Fish Fry 5-7 p.m. second Saturday of month @ Elmo Comm. Bldg. MS Support Group meets 10:30 a.m. on 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. Eagles Dance, Dixie Cadillacs, 8 p.m.
– SUNDAY –
Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, Tuesday 6pm. Northwest Opry 2 p.m. weekly @ Nodaway Co. Senior Center, 1210 E. 1st Maryville, MO. 10-Point Pitch Tournament 6 p.m. every third Sun day in St. Columba Church Hall, Conception Jct AA meeting at 7PM weekly @ Apple House in Clyde, MO Eagles - Forney & Paxson, Kim Treese 7-10pm.
– MONDAY –
Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 6pm. 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. on the 2nd & 4th Mondays at Hy-Vee. Manna Kitchen 5 pm-6 pm, 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 6:00pm.
– TUESDAY –
Eagles Bingo, 7 p.m. weekly, Hwy 71 South, Maryville Nodaway County Senior Center Tai Chi 5 to 6pm. Wilcox United Methodist Church will hold Christmas Eve Service at 6pm, Dec. 24. Today’s Civic Women meets 6:30 p.m. every first Tuesday @ Maryville Public Library basement, 5629833, 582-4294 Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 6pm. 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 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
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Clerk hoping online registration will draw young voters By TONY BROWN News editor
With nearly nine inches of snow on the ground, spring may seem like it’s a long way off. But when it comes to local politics April is right around the corner. The filing period for such offices as school board and City Council opened earlier this month and will continue through Jan. 21. That means potential candidates are already mulling their options, and even campaigning a little, for the general municipal election set for Tuesday, April 8. And here’s the funny thing about municipal elections. Nobody pays much attention to them, but the officials who win office in these contests often have a much bigger effect on voters’ day-to-day lives than congressmen, senators and presidents. After all, it’s city council and school board members who decide if the street in front of your house gets paved, or if your child has access to a new computer in math class. Alas, municipal elections generally draw only a tiny fraction of registered voters to the polls. More to the point, many citizens — especially young people — are barred from voting in these contests because they
fail to register. Earlier this month, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander decided to do something about that, and for the first time is offering an online utility that allows citizens to register online by going to www.sos.mo.gov/ votemissouri and filling out a simple e-form. It’s simple, it’s quick, and Nodaway Countians wishing to cast ballots in the April 8 election have until March 12 to get the job done. The utility allows eligible Missourians, virtually all permanent residents age 18 or older, either to register for the first time or change their registration address. Once a voter completes the form and provides his or her typed signature using a computer, tablet or smartphone, Kander’s office prints and mails the form to the voter’s local election authority, in this case the office of County Clerk Beth Walker in the Nodaway County Administration Center on the northeast corner of the Maryville square. The process includes a preliminary review of each submission before a printed form containing the voter’s information is mailed out to the county. Walker and her staff then enter the voter’s See ONLINE, Page 6
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Nodaway County Clerk and Election Authority Beth Walker, standing, talks with Deputy Clerk Karen Leader Tuesday at the Nodaway County Administration Center. Online voter registration has come to Missouri, and Walker’s office will be responsible of entering the names of local residents who register electronically at www.sos.mo.gov/votemissouriinto a statewide database.
The barbequed ribs are in the mail The on-field celebration in Florence, Ala., was still in high gear when the e-mail notification sounded on Maryville Mayor Jim Fall’s mobile phone. “The BBQ is in the mail,” the message from Hickory, N.C., Mayor Rudy Wright said. “Your team is great and they played that way!” Complete defeat. Acknowledged. Fall had responded to a challenge earlier in the week from Wright to place a friendly wager on the outcome of the NCAA Division II Championship game between Maryville’s Northwest MIssouri State University and Hickory’s Lenoir-Rhyne University. Like every hometown mayor, Wright was high on his hometown Bears, making their first trip to the
D-II finals. Without hesitation, he put “five pounds of Hickory’s best barbecued ribs” on the line. “And I’ll even throw in some of our fabled North Carolina barbecue sauce.”
“There was no way our Bearcats were going to let this one get away,” Too much of an opportunity for the Maryville mayor to pass up. “I can match that with some local barbecue,” Fall said, all the while beginning to lick his lips in anticipation of the good things to come. “We have a local cookery, or there are several
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of some renown in Kansas City. You won’t be disappointed. “Well, I knew he would be, because there was no way our Bearcats were going to let this one get away,” Fall said. And at 43-28, they didn’t. Now, the dilemma is what to do with the ribs. A ham that Fall had won on an earlier bet with California Mayor Norris Gerhart on the Maryville Spoofhounds in the Missouri Class 3A state semifinals circuitously became ham sandwiches for the Green and Gold gridiron team on its way to the state championship game, held in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. But five pounds of barbecued ribs won’t even begin to feed the Bearcat Family.
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Boy locked out in cold KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Five children are in protective custody after a neighbor found one of them locked out of his Kansas City home in freezing weather. The neighbor heard the 6-year-old boy crying around 9 p.m. Sunday, when the temperature was about 15 degrees. Police were called, and the boy told officers he fell asleep inside the family’s car on the way home from dinner. He woke up alone in the car and couldn’t get inside the house. A man and woman in the house told police they thought all the children were upstairs sleeping. The adults were being questioned Monday. Police said the home lacked heat and hot water and had other problems. Along with the 6-year-old, three other boys and a girl were in protective custody.
Sheriff to stand trial LINN, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri sheriff accused of stalking a woman will stand trial, a judge has ruled. Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of tampering with a vehicle and four misdemeanors, including sexual misconduct and thirddegree assault. Phelps County Associate Circuit Judge Ronald D. White ruled Friday that there’s enough evidence to support a trial for Dixon. Authorities have accused Dixon of stalking and harassing a woman who also alleged that Dixon drove away with a four-wheeler belonging to her fiance in June. Dixon’s attorney, Travis Noble, requested the preliminary hearing, which was held Friday after the Missouri Supreme Court appointed a different special judge to hear it. All judges in the 20th circuit recused themselves from hearing any phase of the case, The Jefferson City News-Tribune reported. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Richard C. Bresnahan has been named to preside over the trial. If Dixon is convicted of the felony tampering charge, he could be sentenced to a prison term of up to seven years, or a year in the county jail, and a fine up to $5,000.
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Employees Heidi Dotson and Danielle Vanik of Watkins True Value Hardware in Maryville set snow blowers out for display on Monday near the store’s customer entrance. The storm led to brisk sales of sleds over the weekend, though retailers reported that other gear, such as shovels and snow-blowers was moving at a normal pave for this time of year.
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MOUNT VERNON, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri 4-H Dairy Judging Team is headed to an international competition next year. Team members Steven Nelson of Grove Spring; Tucker Peterson, of Mountain Grove; and Bailee Whitehead, of Conway, will take part in the 2014 International Dairy Judging Tour of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland. The tour takes place from June 18 to July 2. The University of Missouri Extension says in a release it’s the first time a Missouri 4-H dairy judging team has been invited to compete internationally. See BRIEFS, Page 6
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Legends of the Fall
To those ‘celebrating’ Christmas on the job As we become totally immersed in our own individual Christmas celebrations tomorrow, let us pause, even if just for a moment, to pay tribute — and say “thank you” — to those who are unable to join in such festivities with friends, families and loved ones. While most of us are busy observing the day in whatever manner our particular family traditions dictate, we should take the time to remember the many workers whose jobs grant them no reprieve from duty, even on the most festive of all holidays. Law enforcement officers at all levels from city patrolmen and dispatchers to state troopers; emergency room doctors, nurses and EMTs; firefighters; prison guards; convenience store clerks; nursing home attendants — anyone whose job prohibits their being away from their workplace. All of these folks deserve a very special tribute for manning their posts while the rest of us feast and make merry without so much as a second thought or a whisper of gratitude. Certainly, many of those who work on Christmas and other holidays will make alternate arrangements for celebrating, but we should not forget that their unselfish devotion enables everyone else to enjoy more traditional family schedules. Merry Christmas, happy Holidays, happy Hanukah, whatever your heart dictates, to each and every one — especially those whose gift to the rest of us is staying on the job.
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The tide is turning Recently I sent an email to the Daily Forum expressing my disappointment over the lack of coverage for our high school sports – specifically the football team where my grandson was a teammate. I was collecting articles for a scrapbook for him, and some weeks there was absolutely no mention of a game. I depended on the Northwest Missourian and News Leader for coverage. We were seriously considering cancelling our subscription because the newspaper was not supplying what we needed, which was local news. We can get AP stories from the internet or News Press. While I understood the hardships of a short staff and limited resources, we were reluctantly ready to call it quits after subscribing for the past 50 years. However, there has been a major turnaround in the presentation of your newspaper, and I’m sure you are aware of the changes of opinion of your readers. We were in the waiting room at the doctors’ office last week; a copy of the newspaper was there, and the talk was about the Daily Forum and its reincarnation as a local source of news. The trick now is to get it into the hands of as many people as possible so they can see and realize the new direction the paper is heading. We will be renewing our subscription when it comes due. I know the path ahead will still be challenging for you, but the momentum has swung to your team. Keep it up. Maryville needs a daily local newspaper. Thank you, John L. and Sue Schenkel
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No, it isn’t rocket science, but there is more to it than you probably imagine. And the tricky thing is that we don’t want you to notice until it’s all done. One day, when it comes together, it’ll hit you and you’ll say, “Well now, ain’t that nice.” What’s nice, you ask? Well, what’s nice is this new newspaper the staff at today’s Maryville Daily Forum is trying to put together. Several of us here have been doing it for a long time, a longer time even than we might really want to admit. Let’s just say this isn’t our first rodeo. Even for most of the rookies. They bring their own special skills that seem to mesh very well with us old-timers. So, what’s so hard about putting out a newspaper? A daily newspaper? I can hear it now. “You said you were all veterans at your game, you know what you are doing.” You see, the deal is I am the only one in the bunch who has ever started a newspaper from scratch. And it does take some doing. Lesson 1: Know well in advance when you are going to launch, and be certain to give yourself plenty of time to take care of every little detail. I mean every detail. It takes weeks, months, if you want to know the truth. You even make a dry run or two so you have a chance to look at the eventual product and make adjustments to remedy the more conspicious mess-ups. This time around, we did not enjoy that luxury. The deadline for closing the sale that would finally catapult Phil Cobb and his “New Forum” staff out of The Post’s little office on South Main and into the once-familiar, and much larger, offices at 118 E. Jenkins was somewhat of a moving target, to say the least. When reality set in and it became obvious the
deal was going through, a date was set, and then reset, again, and again. When they finally pulled the trigger, the time before the first issue was not much more than a week away. Then it moved up a day. Hello. Lesson 2: Be certain what your new “baby” should look like when its day finally arrives. Despite having adhered to every part of Lesson 1 we could, under the circumstanc-
Jim Fall Executive Editor es, that Dec. 12 issue came out with its share of trepidation. Don’t get me wrong, I think we did a pretty good job, under the circumstances. But only after holding that first issue in your hand and thoroughly looking it over do you realize how far you missed your mark. At least the first one was not dated Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, which it very nearly was. That might have provided even more hesitation as the night’s deadlines drew near, then nearer, and even nearer. Now, a little more than a week in, the real fun has begun. Getting everything just right so the photographs look as sharp on your printed
page as they do on our computer monitors is what you may notice the most. It’s probably those little things that you are not even aware of, but sense something is wrong if they are not exactly right, that make the real difference. Things like ensuring that people who appear in pictures do not have red faces, do not look like they just got back from a week in Key West. Like how much space there is between the lines of type. And the actual size of that type. The size of the headlines and how “heavy” they are. The little stories — cutlines, we call them — beneath the photos, how do they look? But rest assured, we are working on all those things and many others that would seem even less important to you, but are all a part of what we are striving to produce. And all that deals with the printed product, primarily. The requirements of this age of social media and immediate gratification are even more demanding. Producing a satisfactory electronic edition, available on your home computer, pad or smartphone, is a whole ‘nother set of headaches that have not been totally resolved as yet. Be assured, however, that this particular situation is on the frontburner, and the soonest we can provide a top-notch product is none too soon for us. Just know that when it is finally “live,” it will be the very best we can do. We just might have to hold off for a few more days, but Mr. Cobb is threatening — make that promising — to provide T-shirts for all Daily Forum employees involved that will bear a simple message on the front for all to see and for us to proudly wear. It’s going to say simply, “No More Fool ‘em.” No sir.
Social Media Stew Compiled by KEVIN BIRDSELL
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Agriculture P.O. Box 188, Maryville, MO, 64468
Agriculture is a core part of Nodaway County, from booming agribusiness in Maryville to diverse farms throughout the county’s many rural communities. Contact Kaity Holtman at (660) 562-2424 to include stories on the Agriculture page.
Stipend apps ready The Missouri Corn Growers Association and Missouri Corn Merchandising Council will award $7,500 in scholarships in 2014. Missouri Corn Scholarship applications are now available for high school seniors and college juniors pursuing a degree in agronomy or related area of agriculture. “We feel it is a great investment in agriculture to help rural and farm students achieve their goals in higher education and encourage all
eligible students to apply,” said Scholarship Committee Chairman Mark Scott of Wentzville. Missouri Corn Scholarship applications and requirements are available for download at www.mocorn. org. Students must submit an application form, official high school or college transcript and at least one letter of recommendation to the Missouri Corn office in Jefferson City by Feb. 7 to be eligible.
White Christmas not all good By PAT GUINAN MU Extension
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? If you live in Missouri, you might need to adjust your expectations. The official definition of a white Christmas is an inch of snow on Christmas Day, said Pat Guinan, climatologist for University of Missouri Extension’s Commer-
cial Agriculture Program. You have about a one in three chance of a white Christmas if you live in northern Missouri, Guinan said. “In mid-Missouri, the chance for snow on Christmas happens about once every four to five years, and in far southern Missouri you may go 10 years before your Christmas is white.”
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Weekly Market Summary Award-winning agri-journalist Closing on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 Published by: Mo. Department of Agriculture Ag Business Development Division Market News Program
Visit mda.mo.gov for more market reports. Missouri weekly feeder cattle weighted avg. report Receipts: 43,104 Week ago: 17,015 Year ago: 28,078 Feeder Steers 360 lbs. 222.71 457 lbs. 206.86 552 lbs. 188.21 640 lbs. 175.69 746 lbs. 164.82 836 lbs. 159.29 947 lbs. 152.74
Feeder Heifers 363 lbs. 187.53 455 lbs. 176.57 550 lbs. 165.33 643 lbs. 158.14 739 lbs. 152.81 842 lbs. 147.10 937 lbs. 136.93
Northwest Missouri Weekly Summary
(Maryville, St. Joe) Receipts: 5109 Week ago: 3993 Year ago: 4939 Compared to last week feeder steers and heifers steady to 8.00 higher. Slaughter cows stead to 2.00 lower. 300-400 lbs. 400-500 lbs. 500-600 lbs. 600-700 lbs. 700-800 lbs. 800-900 lbs.
Feeder Steers 216.00-230.00 209.00-223.00 186.00-209.00 177.00-191.00 164.50-175.00 161.75-165.00
Feeder Heifers 185.00-190.00 171.00-191.00 162.50-176.00 157.00-164.00 153.00-167.50 153.35-157.60
Interior Missouri Direct Hogs Weekly receipts: 2563 Week ago: 623 Year ago: 1967 Comapred to last week, barrows and gilts steady to 1.00 lower. Sows steady to 1.00 higher Barrows and gilts: Base carcass meat price 73.00-74.00, Weekly top Fri 74.00 Sows: 300-500 lbs 58.00-65.00, Over 500 lbs. 62.0068.00 Weekly Commodity Grain Futures Trends Compared to last Friday: Soybeans nearby .01 to .03 higher, other .03 to .04 lower, Wheat .16 to .23 lower, Corn .04 to .10 lower. Soybeans March May July August September
1339 1331 1316 1301 1/4 1271 1/4
Wheat March May July September December
613 1/2 620 3/4 624 3/4 634 1/4 647
Corn March May July September December
433 1/4 441 1/2 448 1/2 454 1/4 460 3/4
Andrew McCrea, King City area agri-journalist, broadcasts “American Countryside” from his farm in northwest Missouri. McCrea’s radio program was recently acquired by Farm Journal Media. The show is the winner of five “Oscars in Agriculture” awards.
Farm Journal acquires local journalist’s radio broadcasts Farm Journal Media announced Friday the acquisition of “American Countryside” from Andrew McCrea, a rancher and well-known journalist from the rural Maysville/King City area. McCrea founded the daily radio program, “American Countryside” in 1996. Since that time, he has continued to produce three-minute, short-form radio vignette airs on more than 100 stations across the Midwest, including several of the nation’s leading farm radio stations. The program is the winner of five “Oscars in Agriculture” awards and features the “people and places unique to rural America.” “My roots in northwest Missouri mean everything,” McCrea said. “I couldn’t have done any of this, let alone the radio program, without the local radio stations that gave me my start. I am very grateful for them.”
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McCrea will continue to host the program and will join Farm Journal Media as a multimedia contributor. “Broadcasting from his large grain and livestock farm in northwest Missouri, McCrea is the real deal, fully embodying the ‘muddy boots’ tradition at Farm Journal Media,” said Brian Conrady, Senior Vice President of Farm Journal Broadcast. “This real-world perspective gives Andrew a distinct ability to find and tell stories that showcase the true spirit of life in rural America.” Farm Journal Broadcast will also be launching a television version of “American Countryside” to air on “U.S. Farm Report”, a weekend news report produced and distributed by Farm Journal Media. The radio program will also see expanded reach on the company’s web portal, AgWeb.com. “American
Countryside’s” editorial, production, distribution and advertising sales efforts will also be integrated into Farm Journal’s multimedia business. “I always hoped to take the program to TV and print, so when the opportunity arrived, I was excited to take it,” McCrea noted. “Our new partnership provides the opportunity to bring ‘American Countryside’ to more listeners in more ways, with expanded radio coverage, as well as new features on television and promotion in print and on the web.” Local radio stations that will host the program will be KFEQ (680 AM) of St. Joseph, KAAN (95.5 FM) of Bethany/Albany and KMA (960 AM, 99.1 FM) of Shenandoah, Iowa. The television vignettes will appear as part of the “U.S. Farm Report” on many stations, including RFD-TV.
THANK YOU to the Maryville residents who have shoveled walks, steps, porches, all access to the mailboxes this weekend. For all who haven’t shoveled, please be considerate to your carrier and shovel. The average route is 12 miles long with 600 deliveries. Thank you also for allowing us to handle your mailing needs. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Paul Eschbacher, Jr. Postmaster
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Snow covered road blamed in one-car wreck
Home schoolers give back to community
The winter weather claimed one motor vehicle Monday morning as two Skidmore residents were injured in a one-car accident on Route ZZ, one-half mile north of Graham. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that Mary Lou Kenny, 55, was traveling southbound in a 2003 Chrysler when she lost control of the vehicle on a snow-covered roadway. The vehicle traveled off the west side of the road and struck an embankment, causing extensive damage. Kenny’s parents, Earl W.
The Maryville Area Home Educators organization had a busy month in December as teachers and students engaged in a variety of holiday season community service activities. On Dec. 12 the children decorated cookies for inmates at the Maryville Treatment Center. Other activities included bell-ringing for the Salvation Army and singing Christmas carols at a local nursing home. For more information about Maryville Area Home Educators or home-schooling in Nodaway County, call Charyti Jackson at (660) 582-5903.
Online registration designed to help attract increase in voter participation Continued from Page 3 name into a statewide registration database after reviewing each form for completeness and validity The office will also notify applicants of their registration status by mail. Walker said Tuesday she believes online registration is “a good thing” with regard to encouraging more people to participate in elections and has the potential for drawing more teens and twenty-somethings to the voting booths. “Older folks are comfortable with just coming down to the Administration Center and registering,” Walker said, “but younger people are not. So if you are going to try and get them
registered, you have to figure out how to do that.” Walker cautioned that those who register online will need to be sure to bring appropriate identification with them to the polls on the election day if they have not yet received a voter registration card through the mail. Acceptable identification, she said, can include a driver’s license, recent utility bill, or any other document that verifies the voter’s name and address. Walker said she did not expect online registration to have much, if any, effect on the resources and staff hours needed add new voter names into the system. “The ability to fill out a voter registration form on the internet will
make registering to vote more convenient for Missourians.” said Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd, former president of the Missouri Association of County Clerks and Election Authorities. “From the perspective of local election authorities, the process of registering voters is not changing. What is changing is the voter’s experience, which will be modernized and simplified.” Fifteen other states, including Indiana and Kansas, use online tools to make it more convenient for voters to register. An additional five states, including Georgia and West Virginia, are in the process of developing such online tools.
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Sharp, 83, and Mary Sharp, 82, both of Skidmore, suffered moderate and minor injuries and were transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph by Nodaway County Ambulance Service for treatment. Kenny was not injured in the accident. The vehicle was towed by Walker’s Body Shop. Troopers T.B. Ziegler and W.S. Sims worked the accident, assisted by the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department, Holt County Sheriff’s Department and Skidmore first responders.
Lawmakers pan delay of housing tax credits CHRIS BLANK Associated Press
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A decision to delay approval for millions of dollars in tax credits for low-income housing developments prompted some bipartisan criticism from Missouri politicians Monday. The Missouri Housing Development Commission earlier this month held off on tax credits to build apartments for low-income residents shortly after lawmakers gave final approval to legislation authorizing up to $1.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing Co. over two decades. The housing incentives and Boeing legislation are distinct but were linked informally as part of negotiations between Gov. Jay Nixon and several Republican senators who had indicated they might hinder passage during a special legislative session of incentives aimed at persuading Boeing to build its new 777X jet in Missouri. Republican Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Democratic Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and others object to the delay of the tax credits and contend the program helps vulnerable residents. The officials held a news conference Monday at the Salvation Army Veterans Residence in St. Louis. Kinder, who is a member of the housing commission, was the lone vote against the delay. He said Nixon’s chief of staff asked commission members to hold off on the tax credits to ful-
fill an agreement made with the senators. The lieutenant governor said the decision has delayed construction of needed housing for lowincome people and seniors and delayed work for tradespeople. “We are sacrificing all of this on the spurious claim that it was necessary to do this to pass Boeing, which I think is demonstratively false,” Kinder said. Nasheed, of St. Louis, said she is willing to do everything possible to preserve the low-income housing tax credits. She said they have helped to turn around neighborhoods plagued by drugs and gangs. “We didn’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul for the Boeing deal,” Nasheed said. “The Boeing deal can stand on its own, so there was no reason to withhold the lowincome tax credit.” A Nixon spokesman declined to comment. Several Republican senators have pushed unsuccessfully for several years to reduce the amount of tax credits for developers of low-income housing. Sen. Rob Schaaf, of St. Joseph, was part of the negotiations with Nixon. He said earlier this month he was pleased with the tax credit delay and that it sounded like the governor was following through on what he said he would do. The Housing Commission’s decision affected about $14 million annually in state tax credits for 32 developments that would have 1,654 housing units.
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Tom Ciak, left, owner of Big Bird’s Bait & Bow, recently awarded Casey Dupree, right, Maryville, with a Muddy tree stand and safety harness at the conclusion of the “Show Me Your Rack” photo contest. Dupree was named the winner of the contest after submitting a photograoh, also shown above, of the nine-point buck he killed during the fall firearms deer season. The constest was sponsored by KNIM Radio.
The team is working to raise $20,000 to finance the trip. They were invited because of their high-ranking results from the National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest at World Dairy Expo in October.
Former officer sentenced COUNTRY CLUBS HILLS, Mo. (AP) — A former suburban St. Louis police officer has been sentenced to one year in jail for coercing a female motorist into sex. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 50-year-old Timothy Jones, of Troy, was sentenced Friday in St. Louis County Circuit Court. The former Country Club Hills police officer suspected the 24-year-old woman of drunken driving when he stopped her three years ago. Court documents say that after telling her she could either have sex with him or be arrested, he drove her to her home, where they engaged in “several sexual acts.” The woman apparently left her cellphone in Jones’ patrol car. Police contacted the woman’s mother while trying to locate the owner of the phone and she made accusations about what had happened, leading to an investigation.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
SportS P.O. Box 188, Maryville, MO, 64468
QUOTABLE “I think the fact that I’m a veteran that’s been in the postseason is really going to help those guys in dealing with the pressure that comes with having to perform in those games as opposed to the regular season.”
-Royals second baseman Omar Infante
Around the Horn
Offseason thoughts: Royals’ ‘O’ hopeful
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Northwest head football coach Adam Dorrel told his team before Saturday’s national championship game that it didn’t have to be perfect. Turns out the Bearcats were anyway, finishing out a 15-0 campaign with a 43-28 win.
You don’t have to be perfect In 2004, Billy Bob Thornton played the role of coach Gary Gaines in the movie, Friday Night Lights. Gaines was the coach of the 1988 Permian High School football team in Odessa, Texas. The movie version of Gaines often delivered a favorite phrase to his team. He said, “Be perfect.” Trevor Adams was about 13-or 14-years-old when that movie hit the big screens. Five years after the movie, Adams led his Permian High School football team to a 12-1 record. Now he has led his college football team to a “perfect” 15-0 record and a NCAA Division II national championship. “Be perfect” wasn’t the message given to Adams and his teammates before the championship game. Coach Adam Dorrel was taped by ESPN as he gave some last minute inspiration to his team. His message was, “You don’t have to be perfect.” I thought that message was a stroke of genius by Dorrel. If you had to be perfect, what happens when the first failure occurs? There’s never been a football game without many, many failures, even in blowout wins. If you had to be perfect to be a champion, it’s only downhill when the first pass goes wide, a block is missed, or an arm tackle allows a runner to gain extra yards. Dorrel didn’t want perfection, but he wanted his players to be grinders. They did just what he asked. Even though the team wasn’t perfect, they did grind Lenoir-Rhyne into the Ala-
bama artificial turf. The comments made by Dorrel at halftime indicated that the Bearcat defensive gameplan was to take away the run between the tackles. Rich Wright’s defensive players may not
Gene Steinmeyer have been perfect, but Lenoir-Rhyne didn’t have much luck running in the trenches. You may have looked at the yards gained on the perimeter and thought it wasn’t a great game plan. The defenders that had outside responsibilities weren’t perfect, but both turnovers by the Bears’ offense came on pitches trying to gain yards on the perimeter. Charlie Flohr’s offense wasn’t perfect. They finally failed to score on their fourth possession of the game. It was hard to figure out if they were trying to establish the run or find gaps
in the passing lanes. Everything was clicking for the offense. It’s great to live in the City of Maryville the first semester of the school year. The seventh and eighth grade football teams never lost a game. If you cross the creek, the junior varsity and varsity football teams at Maryville High School had unblemished records. We all know what the Bearcats did to win 15 in a row. Dorrel may have said we didn’t have to be perfect, but the records were absolutely spotless. I think one thing was perfect and I’m pretty sure Dorrel was responsible. The team wore white jerseys with “Family” printed on the back. It wasn’t the word itself that was perfect. It was the letters, red in color. That was a tribute to the late Scott Bostwick. Dorrel, Flohr and Wright were all part of Bostwick’s staff when he was named head coach three years ago. It would have easy to let Scott’s memory fade in those years, but that wasn’t their style. Scott belonged to this football family and they honored him on this very important day. I’m a big fan of movie quotes. A Few Good Men gave us, “You can’t handle the truth.” The Shawshank Redemption proclaimed, “Get busy living or get busy dying.” I think Kevin Costner had the right quote for Dorrel’s attitude on championship Saturday, “Perfection is unattainable” was meant for the game of golf. It’s “perfect” for football.
From the Sidelines
Appreciate Maryville’s athletic programs
Steve Hartman Staff Writer
First of all, I’d like take time to say it’s great to be back reporting on Maryville news and sports. I was born and raised in Maryville, a 1977 graduate of Maryville High School and an 1982 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, so I feel I have truly returned home. Some of you out there might remember my weekly Sportshound columns that ran on the MHS Hi-Lights page from 1975-77. This background, along with my 25 years of public school coaching in Missouri, bring me to my topic of the day, which involves the phenomenal success achieved by the Spoofhound and Bearcat
football programs. To fans of both programs, I want to offer the following advice: enjoy the success, appreciate the commitment put in by players and coaches for both squads and understand that fortunes haven’t always been this way for either program. The Spoofhounds captured their first state title in 1982. Title game losses in 1984 and 1996 gave little indication of the season-by-season success that was on the horizon for MHS and its fans. A title game loss in 2008 was followed by state championships in 2009, 2012 and See SUCCESS, Page 8
I never thought I’d say this, but Royals General Manager Dayton Moore’s extension makes sense after the moves the team has made the last few years. I was a big fan of saying adios to Moore and manager Ned Yost, but since Yost got an extension, Moore’s was inevitable. Now, I’m not as opposed. The moves he has made the last couple of weeks have clearly made the team better in 2014 without sacrificing the future and trading away top prospects. In 2012, the Royals had the offense, but no pitching, so they traded away top prospect Wil Myers, who went on to win last year’s Rookie of the Year award, for James Shields and what amounted to a couple throw-ins. So, in turn, Shields and Jason Lawrence Ervin Santana, who the RoySports Editor als also traded for, turned the starting pitching around, all while the Royals put together the best bullpen in the Majors. Unfortunately, the offense collapsed, but the Royals still turned in their best season in 24 years. So when the offseason arrived, everyone knew the Royals had to address Santana’s slot in the rotation and find upgrades in right field and second base. While David Lough did an admirable job in right, he didn’t hit for nearly enough power (five homers in 335 plate appearances) and Chris Getz was, well, Chris Getz. The Royals have addressed all three of those fairly easily (and blandly), if not a bit more expensively than this fan would have liked. They didn’t make a big splash, with a say Carlos Beltran, but they assessed the needs. While publicly Moore says the team is done making moves, I feel there are still a few moves hanging in the balance before the offseason is over — which I’ll get to later. The first signing, of pitcher Jason Vargas for $32-million over four years, was pretty plain, but it did address a need, although it banks on one of the Royals’ prospects turning into a top-of-the-rotation pitcher. You’re getting what you pay for with Vargas — an average pitcher that won’t be better than say, your fourth starter. Trading Will Smith for Norichika Aoki was another move that makes sense for the here and now. Aoki is only under team control for one year while Smith is for the next six, but to win now, the Royals needed an upgrade in the outfield rather than another solid arm in the bullpen. This trade also works out if Smith never becomes more than that. If Smith becomes a valuable third starter, then not so much. But trading a reliever out of the best bullpen in the Majors for a solid starting outfielder that can play any of the positions and provides a true lead-off hitter makes complete sense. Aoki won’t hit for a ton of power, but he will get on base a lot more than Lough, or even worse Jeff Francouer, did. Neither of those guys walk at all, which gives Aoki a clear advantage. The move I liked the most was signing Omar Infante. Actually, not tendering Chris Getz was my favorite, but signing a competent replacement was definitely second. Sure the deal might be a stretch. He’ll be 35 by the time the deal is done, but the fourth year was required to outbid the Yankees — another key reason I liked the signing since it showed David Glass is willing to spend a little bit more money to maybe get over the hump. The best part of the deal is it relegates Emilio Bonafacio to a super utility role that he will thrive in and provide support should any number of players go on the disabled list for an extended period of time. Not to mention, with Aoki and Infante, the Royals now have a legitimate 1-2 in the batting order and can move Alex See ROYALS, Page 8
PARKS AND RECREATION Maryville Parks and Recreation issues New Year’s Challenge Start the New Year off right. Maryville Parks and Recreation will once again be offering the New Year’s Challenge. Registration will be open until Jan. 9, 2014 at the Maryville Community Center, 1407 N. Country Club Road. Register in teams of four or as an individual. The cost is $15 for community center members and $20 for non-members. The New Year’s Challenge is a 10-week weight loss and fitness challenge that is designed to keep you motivated as you work toward your personal health and fitness goals. If you have any questions concerning the program, call Maryville Parks and Recreation at (660) 562-2923.
Continued from Page 7 Gordon down to No. 3 in the lineup. Then the Royals unloaded Lough to Baltimore for Danny Valencia in a move to clear the logjam in the outfield and provide more depth. The Royals didn’t need six outfielders and Lough was the most likely candidate to go. He’s 27 and we’ve probably seen all we’re going to out of him, so he’s probably better suited for a fourth outfielder spot than an everyday starter. Valencia gives the Royals some options, especially if Mike Moustakas struggles again like he did last season. Moose’s struggles against lefties are well documented and — in albeit a limited sample size — Valencia hit well against left-handed pitchers last season. If nothing else, he provides a potential platoon option should Moustakas hit as poorly this season. However, I still don’t think the Royals are done. Backup catcher still has to be addressed. Trading away George Kottaras to save $200,000 was ill-advised to put it lightly, especially with light-hitting Brett Hayes being next in line to catch should Salvador Perez go down. With Kottaras, who admittedly is not as good defensively, at least the offense
Continued from Page 7 2013. This run of success has established Spoofhound football as one of the premier high school football programs in the state of Missouri. Coach Matt Webb has yet to lose a game, as his two-year tenure has produced an unblemished 30-0 record, following highly successful coaching reigns by Chuck Literas and Chris Holt. At Northwest, the changing of football fortunes can be traced directly to the hiring of Mel Tjeerdsma as head coach. Under Tjeerdsma, the Bearcat football squad won its first national championship in 1998. That title marked Northwest’s first national title in any sport. The Bearcats repeated as national champions in 1999, then established themselves as regulars in Florence, Ala., by capturing runner-up honors in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Northwest won the national championship again in 2009, then went through Tjeerdma’s retirement and the subsequent tragic, short-lived coaching tenure of Scott Bostwick, before hiring former Spoofhound
wouldn’t struggle if Perez has to go on the DL. With Hayes, any extended period without Perez will be like giving away at least three outs every game. Signing someone else, say John Buck or Kelly Shoppach, depending on the cost. I still see another outfielder getting traded as well. There is no reason to carry five outfielders, in my opinion. Gordon, Lorenzo Cain and Aoki are all slotted to start, but Justin Maxwell and Billy Butler’s designated pinch runner, Jarrod Dyson are also on the roster. One of them needs to go. While my vote would be the feeble-hitting Dyson, my guess is that Maxwell will be jettisoned instead. Moves could still be made involving the bullpen as well. It would be easy to trade another reliever or two and carry just 11 pitchers next season and still have one of the best bullpens in the game. Plus, there are several young arms in the farm system that could come up and have an impact in limited innings out of the bullpen to prepare for a rotation slot in the near future. Icing on the cake would be if somehow, Santana doesn’t get an offer to his liking and would be willing to come back to KC on a one-year deal. While this seems like a longshot, he hasn’t got much interest on the freeagent market, so a guy can dream, right? Either way, I’m a lot happier about this offseason that I have been in year’s past. Plus, pitchers and catchers report in 57 days. Adam Dorrel to take over head coaching duties, and he responded by guiding the Bearcats back to Florence to capture the 2013 national championship. So as all of us who are fans of both programs bask in this success, please enjoy the fanfare and attention that is being bestowed on Title Town 2.0. Appreciate the hard work and dedication that players, coaches and all involved in both programs have put in to achieve such a high degree of success. Having been involved in sports as both a player and coach, I understand the time and effort that these people put in to any program, much less programs as successful as the Maryville Spoofhounds and Northwest Bearcats. Finally, understand how rare it is for one community to have both a high school and college program in any sport achieve such great success. There are thousands of communities across the country who would love to trade places with Maryville. So enjoy, appreciate and understand what we have here in Maryville, and never take it for granted! When you see a Maryville Spoofhound or Northwest Bearcat player or coach, don’t hesitate to thank them — I know I will!
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
5 takeaways from Colts’ win over Kansas City By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Even though the Indianapolis Colts won’t know their playoff seeding until after next week’s games, they’re probably hoping that the Chiefs are their first opponent. After all, they had their way with Kansas City on Sunday. Andrew Luck threw for 241 yards in an efficient performance, Donald Brown had touchdowns running and receiving and the Colts shut out the Chiefs after an opening touchdown in a 23-7 win that could end up being a preview of an AFC wild-card game in just two weeks. If Indianapolis ends up as the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and with the Chiefs assured of the fifth seed, the two teams would meet again at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kansas City’s chances of winning the AFC West were dashed Sunday when Denver beat Houston. “It’s a possibility,” Luck said of a rematch. “We have another game or two until that happens, but if it is (Kansas City), we’ll take a hard look at what just happened.” It’s sure to be a pleasing film session. Alex Smith threw for 153 yards, but he fumbled once and was picked off twice. Knile Davis also fumbled the ball away and the Chiefs were hit with several key penalties that scuttled any chance of mounting a second-half comeback in the frigid weather at Arrowhead Stadium. It was the fifth time the Colts (10-5) beat the Chiefs (11-4) in their last six meetings. “We’ll see them again,” Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “They’ve got the upper hand on us right now because in their minds they think they can beat us. If we go down there, it will be a different story. But we’ve got to fight our way back.” Jamaal Charles ran for 106 yards and the game’s opening score, but Kansas City failed to keep him involved in the offense and that allowed the Colts to seize control. Adam Vinatieri started the Indianapolis comeback with the first of his three field goals, Brown caught a 31-yard screen pass for a touchdown and then added a 51-yard run later in the game, tight-roping down the sideline the last 10 yards for the score. By the time Smith threw his second interception to Jerrell Freeman, and then fumbled the ball away in the fourth quar-
ter, the game had already been decided. “The way we opened up, marching down the way we did, it felt like things were going to be the way they’ve been,” Smith said. “We really didn’t get into a rhythm after that, didn’t execute in any area and then the turnovers. The turnovers hurt you.” As the Colts prepare for their regularseason finale against Jacksonville and Kansas City gets ready to wrap up in San Diego, here are five things to remember: TURNOVER TROUBLE: The Chiefs came into the game plus-21 in turnover differential, by far the best in the league. But it was Indianapolis that took advantage of Kansas City’s miscues by scoring both of its touchdowns within two plays of a turnover. SHORT AND SWEET: Luck rarely threw deep down field, but it didn’t matter. He gutted the Kansas City defense on crossing routes, screen passes and check downs. “They were flying around,” Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers said. “We were just watching them fly around.” ARROWHEAD MELTDOWN: The Chiefs will be headed on the road in the playoffs and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They lost their final three regularseason games at Arrowhead Stadium, which has long been one of the NFL’s best homefield advantages. STOPPING CHARLES: Charles was held in check after the opening drive and that was by design. The Colts saw him score five TDs last week against Oakland and weren’t about to let that happen to them. “It was ‘Where’s Waldo’ all week for us,” Colts safety Antoine Bethea said. “We knew he was their go-to guy and if we could take him out of the game, it would be tough for their offense.” BIG ‘MO: Indianapolis has won three of its last four game and, in the words of defensive end Bjoern Werner, “we now have momentum going into the playoffs.” The Chiefs head to San Diego next week without any hope of improving its playoff seeding, which means coach Andy Reid could be giving his starters a week off to rest. “I haven’t even gotten that far,” Reid said. “I’m not going to say anything now on that, but yeah, I’ll evaluate what we do as we go forward.”
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Entertainment Lawrence beats Cyrus, Netflix for top entertainer By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The battle for AP entertainer of the year came down to the Girl on Fire and the Queen of Twerk. Jennifer Lawrence edged out Miley Cyrus by one vote in The Associated Press’ annual survey of its newspaper and broadcast members and subscribers for Entertainer of the Year. There were 70 ballots submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to consider who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2013. Lawrence won 15 votes. Cyrus had 14. Netflix was a close third, earning 13 votes for altering the TV landscape with its on-demand format and hit original series. But Lawrence — who started the year with an Academy Award for best actress, fueled a box-office franchise as The Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen, and wrapped 2013 with a critically acclaimed performance in American Hustle that just earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations — charmed fans everywhere with her candid sincerity. The 23-year-old actress “is not only talented and beautiful, but comes off as incredibly intelligent, genuine, funny and well-spoken in her public appearances and interviews,” writes Kristi Runyan of The Derrick and The News-Herald Newspapers in Oil City, Pa. “It’s refreshing to see a young woman not squandering her talent and success by succumbing to the temptations many do in Hollywood and who actively speaks about the ridiculous behavior of some of her peers.” Speaking of ridiculous behavior, Cyrus raised eyebrows throughout 2013 with her embrace of twerking, nudity and public pot smoking. The 21-year-old Wrecking Ball singer also made news with her pixie chop, but her breakup with fiance Liam Hemsworth and highly sexualized (and scrutinized) performances made her water-cooler chatter all year. “She made the biggest splash, without comment on whether I thought it was a good thing,” said Jim Turpin of KMPH-TV in Fresno, Calif. Netflix commanded votes for changing viewing habits (binge-watch Breaking Bad, anyone?) and challenging the traditional TV-release concept with its original series. The outlet eschewed typical TV pilots and released a season’s worth of episodes at once of its acclaimed series House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black. “In a divided entertainment landscape that includes the fans of pop princesses like Miley as well as high-minded devotees of cutting-edge filmmaking, Netflix is the one common denominator,” said Sean Stangland of Paddock Publications in suburban Chicago. The beloved, Emmy-winning series Breaking Bad was in fourth place with 10 votes. Justin Timberlake, whose year included a pair of albums and top-selling tours, seven Grammy nominations and two film roles, claimed fifth place.
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(Left to right) Will Ferrell is Ron Burgundy and Christina Applegate is Veronica Corningstone in ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES released by Paramount Pictures.
Anchorman 2 is hilarious — film at 11.
By Kevin Birdsell Staff Writer
Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is back and has to reassemble his news team to delve into a new kind of broadcast journalism, 24-hour news. Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) mans the weather board, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) hits the streets and Champ Kind (David Coechner) takes a break from selling “chicken” to get back to sports. What starts out as a crazy idea by the news team leads to a huge ratings spike for the newly formed Global News Network (GNN). The success of Ron’s new segments have caught the attention and lust of his boss, Linda Jackson (Megan Good). Ron and the team are back on top of the world, but some of
them take it better than others. After an accident, Ron hits rock bottom and it takes the help of his wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) to help him remember what’s important in life. When Ron must make it to his son Walter’s (Judah Nelson) piano recital, things go out the window. The news team faces off with other teams from around the globe The cameos in this section of the movie are many and usually funny. Much like the first Anchorman adventure, the movie falls off the rails and goes crazy toward the end. Champ and Brian get some good jokes in at the beginning of the movie, but once the real story (well, what story there is) begins to unfold, they fall of into more of a
supporting role. Brick, on the other hand, gets his own love interest this time around. Chani (Kristen Wiig) is a bit awkward like Brick, which makes the screen time they share full of laughs. The movie was a lot like I was expecting it to be, meaning hilarious. If you were a fan of the first movie then I heartily recommend the second installment. One of the few bricks is an awkward musical number in the middle. But even that sort of works. Otherwise, from Ron’s jazz flute ice skating routine to Ron bottlefeeding a young shark, this movie delivers. 4/5 stars
Kick A** 2 shouldn’t be boring, but it is.
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Still of Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-A** 2 released by UNIVERSAL PICTURES. By Gary Darling Staff Writer
Okay, superhero movies are supposed to be fun and entertaining, right? At least that is what I expect from a film about people in costumes running around helping people. Marvel and DC have done such a good job making this a standard expectation.
So when a film of this genre comes out that does not live up to that expectation, it sticks out like a sore thumb. Enter Kick A** 2. When the original film, Kick A** came out, it was interesting enough that the newness of the concept exceeded the short-comings of the story-telling. It also introduced us to the spunky actor Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit Girl.
Fast forward a few years and we find ourselves watching the inevitable sequel. Unfortunately for the film makers, the newness is gone and we are left, yet again, with substandard character development and story telling. Even the wonderful Moretz reprising her role as Hit Girl couldn’t make me forget how bad this film is.
Cutting to the chase, this film bored me to sleep. To sleep! That didn’t matter because even while asleep, the film didn’t get any better. Were there any bright spots in this film? Yea sure. Jim Carrey, as the Vietnam vet turned superhero Colonel Stars and Stripes, steals just about every scene he is in. Unfortunately, he isn’t in many of them and thus the film suffers.
Another bright spot was, of course, Chloë Grace Moretz as Mindy Macready/Hit Girl. Honestly, if they had just made this film about her it probably would have been more entertaining and exciting. Instead the film makers decided to keep her out of her Hit Girl persona for most of the film. That is like keeping Jamaal Charles on the bench at a key time during the Chiefs game. Anyway, the story was boring. Aaron Taylor-Johnson as David Lizewski/Kick-A** seemed bored with his part. It just wasn’t working. Finally, let’s turn our attention to Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Chris D’Amico. There are times when I really like Mintz-Plasse as an actor. Usually that is during films where he is serving as comic relief or in a bit part. To make him into the major villain of this film was a mistake. He just didn’t have the presence to pull it off. Plus his “villain” name was ridiculous. In my own opinion, I would recommend passing on Kick A** 2. It just doesn’t deserve your time or attention. Maybe wait for the film makers to get smart and release an entire film about Hit Girl instead.
Rating 1.5 of 5
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ASTRO-GRAPH TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2013 by Bernice Bede Osol Consistency should be your goal in the coming months. Adhere to your plans and perfect your techniques. You may feel anxious about upcoming changes, but if you are adaptable and optimistic, you will be rewarded. Expand your interests and peer groups. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)-- To maintain control and please everyone, you should avoid making abrupt changes. Someone you underestimated may surprise you with a thoughtful favor. This could open the door to an interesting relationship. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- It’s a good day to invite family and friends to your home. Being charitable toward those less fortunate will give you confidence, improve your relationships and lead to networking. Love is in the stars. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- Keep your thoughts private, and avoid indulgence and excessive people. Be cognizant of time and money and do not allow others to take advantage of you. It’s not the time to break the rules. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- Try to make peace with the past today. Remember the good times and let go of negativity. Opportunities will arise through people you meet. Enjoy this festive season and view it as a new beginning. Love is highlighted. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Take care of unfinished business and then focus on travel, entertainment and spending time with those who bring you joy. Unusual conversations could lead you in a fruitful new direction. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Enjoy
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spending quality time with friends, family or your partner. Everyone will show interest in your plans and pursuits, and will seek honest advice from you. Your popularity will heighten your confidence. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Take care of business so that you can attend festive gatherings. A change to your professional plans may be unexpected, but it will also be a relief. Focus on your skills and speak openly of your intentions. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Volunteer work will remind you of your good fortune. Love is in the stars. Get out and socialize in order to meet potential partners or improve the relationship you’re in. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- Your commitment to finishing your work before enjoying the holidays with loved ones will enhance your professional reputation. However, this may upset those who want your attention. Weigh your options carefully. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Ignore any discord at home or someone trying to control you or your money. The joy you bring to others will be meaningful. Don’t be surprised by last-minute changes. Welcome challenges with open arms. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- A surprise awaits you. You will be rewarded for the extra responsibilities you’ve taken on. Enjoy good tidings with friends and family, and maintain an open heart. Make a commitment. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -Making alterations to your home environment will make you feel good and will delight loved ones. A secret plan you’ve been harboring will surface, leading to a change in your lifestyle.
sometimes -- but rarely -- as high as 40. And occasionally it is the count in one specific suit that makes all the difference -- as in this deal. South is in four hearts. West leads the club ace. How should the defense proceed? East’s overcall is no thing of beauty, but everyone likes to bid these days, especially if the bid might make it harder for the opponents to find a major-suit fit and if it probably indicates the best lead for your side should you end on defense. North then rebid three diamonds to show his six-card suit, and South bid what he hoped he could make. East is wondering how many clubs his partner holds. If West has only three, East can win the second club, cash his heart ace, and take a third club trick for down one. But if West has four clubs, East must shift to a diamond at trick three, hoping to establish a winner there before South can draw trumps and run dummy’s spades. How will East know how many clubs West
started with? Under the club ace, East drops his king. Then, in this deal, West continues with his club two, the lowest of three remaining cards. East wins and leads the diamond nine, which defeats the contract. If West had started with only three clubs, he would have led his original middle one at trick two, starting a high-low with a remaining doubleton. Carding can be critical on defense. Discuss it with your partner.
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Northwest to host Special Olympics tourney By TONY BROWN News editor
More than 300 Special Olympics athletes from across northwest Missouri will gather in Bearcat Arena Saturday, Feb. 4, for the Missouri North Area Basketball Tournament. Competitors will include two teams from Maryville, the Hounds, representing Maryville High School, and the Cats, a squad of older players made up of NoCoMo Industries sheltered workshop employees and other area residents. Northwest Missouri State University special education major Nicole Schroeder serves as coach of this year’s Hounds squad. The Cats are led by longtime Special Olympics volunteer Bev Gardner. Maryville High School special education teacher Laureen Graves said Friday that the MHS program is off to a solid start this year and recently received an anonymous $200 donation. In addition, plans are in the works for a school-
wide pep rally in the MHS gymnasium during which Hounds team members will be cheered on by their classmates, including the Spoofhound cheerleaders and dance team. Special Olympics Development Director Melody Prawitz said her office is still seeking individuals, organizations and businesses willing to serve as volunteers and sponsor for the tournament. Sponsorship levels are: $250 (five athletes); $200 (Four athletes); $150 (three athletes); $100 (two athletes); and $50 (one athlete). Year-round Special Olympics sponsors in this area include Hy-Vee, Sam’s Club, local and state law enforcement agencies and Northwest Missouri State. Anyone wishing to work as a volunteer during the tournament should email hrenchir@ somo.org. Admission to the event is free, and organizers are hoping to attract a large crowd of fans willing to cheer the teams on. Opening ceremonies,
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Hounds player Tony Francis walks between two rows of Maryville High School cheerleaders during last year’s pep rally for the MHS Special Olympics basketball team. A similar event is to take place in a few weeks prior to the team’s participation in the Missouri North Area Basketball Tournament.
including the traditional torch run, are scheduled for 8:30 a.m. in Bearcat Arena. Play is to start around 9:30 a.m. in both the arena and adjoining recreation center. Competition divisions comprise
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