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New booklet informs crime victims of their legal rights By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer
The office of Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice has released a booklet outlining the rights of crime victims as their cases wind their way through the court system. Titled “Crime Victims’ Rights: A Guide for Victims About the Criminal Justice System in Missouri,” the 37-page pamphlet serves as a blueprint with regard to general rights, compensation, court appearances, legal vocabulary, protective orders, sentencing and other topics. “It’s been a goal of mine to do for a while,” Rice said. “I’m real proud of it. It’s something that, I think, goes a long way to empower crime victims and their families. Not only about what their rights are, but what to expect in the criminal jus-
tice system.” This is the first booklet of this type that Rice’s office as put out, and it’s available free to anyone whose case comes through the prosecutor’s courthouse office. Rice said he put the book together because he feels that many who are victimized by criminals don’t know their rights, or even that they have rights. “When you watch one of those (television) police shows, immediately after the bad guy does something bad, we read them their rights,” Rice said. “So they know about this, that and the other. But do we go that far to help with the victims of that crime? A lot of folks have never been a part of a criminal case. For a lot of them, it’s their first go around with any sort of court process.” Once someone becomes a victim, Rice said, they be-
come part of a criminal justice process with which they may not be familiar. The booklet is intended to answer basic questions about that process and how the court system works. “When things settle down questions start coming up like, ‘What happens from here?’” Rice said. “That’s what this booklet is designed to do. It’s designed to inform people what resources are available to them, what resources are available locally and what some of their civil remedies are.” The booklet lists contact information for the local domestic violence shelter along with addresses and phone numbers for law enforcement agencies and victims’ assistance organizations, such as the Missouri Victim Assistance Network and the Missouri Office for Victims of Crime. Another portion of the
book contains a glossary of terms commonly used in court. “I’m as guilty as anybody else of using the lingo that’s prevalent in my line of work,” Rice said. “Folks don’t necessarily know what all of that means. What I wanted to do was go in and define what some of those terms are — just various commonly used terms in the criminal justice process so that someone can look it up and know what it means.” Rice said he is proud that the booklet consistently emphasizes that victims have specific rights after being harmed by a criminal act. “It takes the victim’s rights and it puts them first,” Rice said. “In my opinion, victims’ rights should come first, and they should be paramount over those of the bad guy. When you’re a victim of a crime, you should See BOOKLET, Page 6
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Victims’ rights advocate
Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice has issued a crime victims’ handbook designed to help those who have suffered at the hands of criminals exercise their rights as cases progress through the criminal justice system. The pamphlet provides a step-by-step guide to the legal process from the initial investigation by law enforcement to sentencing and ultimate parole of offenders.
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Wild, Wild West
Above: A large banner showing one of Frederick Remington’s famous paintings of 19th century U.S. Cavalry troops was on display in the Maryville Public Library this week during a lecture on Western “heroes and villains” by Larry Anderson, a retired English teacher and history buff who writes a regular column for the Daily Forum. Right: This limited edition bust of Wild Bill Hickok playing cards is owned by Anderson. Like many noted personalities of the era, Hickok was both hero and villain, depending on which stories one chooses to believe.
Library speaker says West really was ‘wild’ By TONY BROWN News editor
Larry Anderson will be the first person to tell you he doesn’t look much like a cowboy — let alone a gunfighter. With his close-cropped goatee, glasses and button-down checked shirt, he looks very much like what he is, a retired middle school English teacher. But his distinctly modern appearance doesn’t interfere with what he frankly admits is a fasci-
nation with the period of United States history often referred to as the Wild West. It’s a passion he picked up as a boy growing up in the small Worth County town of Sheridan, where an obliging neighbor used to loan him books by such classic Western writers as Zane Grey, Max Brand and Louis L’Amour. Of course, the horseback and six-gun adventures set forth in such tales as “Destry Rides Again” and “Riders of the Purple Sage”
were meant as entertainment, not history. And as Anderson grew up he became more interested in the “real” Old West rather than the imagined version found in the potboiling plots of pulp novelists. Anderson shared his insights into Western history this week during an Adult Reading Program presentation hosted by the Maryville Public Library. He told his audience that while the real Old West has been obscured by Hollywoodstyle mythmaking, one widely
held perception carries more than a hint of truth. Life beyond the Missouri River between the end of the Civil War in 1865 and the first decade of the 20th century really was “wild.” The title of Anderson’s presentation was “Heroes and Villains of the Wild West” and consisted of a series of thumbnail sketches of some of the West’s most notorious — and heroic — true-life characters. Taken as a whole, he said, they
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were a colorful bunch, and included such pure knights of the trail as Bass Reeves, the legendary former slave and U.S. deputy marshal known for tracking down outlaws across what is now Oklahoma, then known as Indian Territory, for Isaac “Hanging Judge” Parker, who early in his career tried cases here in Nodaway County. Unlike such part-time lawmen as James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok and Wyatt Earp, who spent See WILD WEST, Page 6
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JOHN O. STIENS 1946-2014
John O. Stiens, 67, of Maryville, Missouri died Wednesday, February 19, at his home. John was born August 16, 1946, in Maryville, the son of Edward Herman and Frieda Elsie (Jenkins) Stiens. John was a member of St Gregory Barbarigo Catho-
sioner Robert Stiens. Agenda items included a request for bids for a new bridge to be constructed with federal offsystem funds in Independence Township. Bids are due in the county clerk’s office no later than 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 5. In addition, Jerri Dearmont of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments conducted
Community Events Stiens, Maryville; Bill Stiens, Skidmore, Missouri and Tom Stiens, Maryville; sisters: Mary Katherine Watowa, Maryville and Florence Belcher, St Joseph, Missouri. A 5:00 p.m. Parish Rosary will be held Friday February 21, 2014, followed by a 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. visitation at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, Maryville. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014, at St. Gregory’s with burial following in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Maryville. Memorials may be made to St. Gregory’s Catholic School, 333 South Davis, Maryville. Arrangements: Price Funeral Home (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com)
Commission Minutes The Nodaway County Commission was in Columbia last week for training but did gather to conduct business on Friday, Feb. 7, before leaving town, according to County Clerk Beth Walker. The complete board was in attendance, including Presiding Commissioner Robert Schieber, North District Commissioner Robert Westfall and South District Commis-
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Obituary lic Community and attended Maryville High School, in Maryville. On August 19, 1967, he married Sandra Kathryn Manning. John worked for the City of Maryville for many years, was sexton of the Oak Hill Cemetery, and worked in the Water and Sewer for the City of Maryville. Preceding him in death were his parents and brother: Francis Stiens. Survivors include his wife: Sandra, of their home; sons: Scott Stiens, Burlington Junction, Missouri, Joshua (April) Stiens, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Jeremiah Stiens, Maryville; daughters: Terri Gaa, Leawood, Kansas; and Angela (Greg) Byers, Maryville; eight grandchildren; brothers: Joseph
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a rebar and steel beam bid opening in connection with a proposed Community Development Block Grant bridge. Oden Enterprises was awarded the rebar contract, and the county will purchase the H-pile beams from Husker Steel. The commission also signed an agreement with Northwest Cell to provide wireless service from Sheriff’s Department vehicles.
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Thank you to all who sent or brought cards for my 95th birthday, for the pretty plants and flowers, and to my family for the party. It was wonderful getting so many beautiful cards and I sincerely appreciate your thoughtfulness.
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Nodaway County Senior Center Hand and Foot 9 a.m.; 10 Point Pitch, 6 p.m., Feb. 20 Story Hour, 5:30 p.m., Maryville Public Library, Mar. 6. Nodaway County Assoc. of School Employees meeting, Senior Center, 9 a.m., Mar. 6 Nook Book Club, 4 p.m., Maryville Public Library, Mar. 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
Nodaway County Senior Center Pinochle Tournament, 12:30 p.m., Feb. 21 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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Lions Pancake Day, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pickering Com. Building, Feb. 22 Team Aydan Bake Sale, 9 a.m., North Nodaway High School, Hopkins, March 1. Boy Scout Spaghetti Supper, 5 to 8 p.m., Parnell Legion Hall, Mar. 15 Pump the Color 5K Run sponsored by North Nodaway Student Council, 9 a.m., March 29, 778-3315. 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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Beef & Noodle Dinner, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hopkins Community Building, Feb. 23 Bridal Fair, 2 to 4 p.m., Maryville Community Center, Feb. 23 Team Aydan Bake Sale, 9 a.m., North Nodaway High School, Hopkins, March 2. Pancake Breakfast, Redden Charolais Relay for Life, 7 to 11:30 a.m., Legion Hall, Conception Jct., March 9 Home & Better Living Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maryville Community Center, Mar. 30 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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Drive for Your School, West Nodaway School fundraiser sponsored by TriState Ford, Burlington Jct., March 17. 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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Maryville Garden Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Maryville Public Library, March 4, Wake Up Your Garden. 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.; Pool Tournament noon, Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday Service, 6 p.m., Wilcox UMC, Mar. 5 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.
Thank you for all the prayers, calls, visits, and cards while Don was recouperating from surgery. We really enjoyed all the anniversary cards we received. Thank you, Don and Maxine Staples
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SCHOOL BRIEFS Jefferson board meets
The Jefferson C-123 Board of Education met Monday and approved a plan for scheduling additional make-up days in the event of continued severe winter weather . The board convened in executive session to approve teacher contracts for the 2014-’15 school year. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the C-123 school in Conception Junction.
CAPITOL BRIEFS Lager wants to block ‘revolving door’ policy
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri Senate panel is considering legislation that would make legislators wait two years after leaving office to become lobbyists, somewhat slowing the so-called revolving door between politics and the private sector. The measure heard by the Senate ethics committee on Tuesday would also ban lawmakers from serving as paid consultants while in office. Sponsoring Sen. Brad Lager, a Savannah Republican, says the measure would help strengthen Missouri’s loose ethics laws. Missouri is the only state with no limits on campaign contributions or gifts from lobbyists and no waiting period before an elected official can lobby. Democrats on the committee say any ethics legislation should also reinstate caps on campaign contributions.
Nixon signs filing bill
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation that could give deployed military members and the disabled a chance to be listed first on a ballot if they run for office. Missouri uses a random drawing to determine the ballot order for candidates who file in person on the first day of a filing period. The legislation allows proxies to draw numbers for candidates who cannot be physically present because they are disabled or deployed on active military duty. Nixon signed the bill Wednesday at the secretary of state’s office, where candidates for state offices and Congress will line up next week to begin filing for the August primary election. The legislation takes effect immediately and is the first bill to become law this year.
Tin foil hat appropriation?
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s proposed budget includes billions of dollars for schools, millions more for scholarships and $8 for tin foil hats. The $8 appropriation recommended Wednesday by a House education funding panel is only partly a joke. It’s meant to make a point that some lawmakers aren’t too pleased by what they consider to be paranoia about new Common Core standards for public schools. The tin foil amendment was put forth by committee chairman Rep. Mike Lair, a Republican from Chillicothe who is a retired teacher. His measure states that the money would fund, quote: “two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.” Most states have adopted the Common Core standards setting benchmarks for reading, writing and math.
Bill would regulate loans
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that would prohibit borrowers from getting a renewal on payday loans. State law currently allows borrowers to renew their loans six times. A payday loan can be no larger than $500 and can run only from 14 to 31 days. The legislation was given first-round approval Wednesday by voice vote. It needs another affirmative vote to move to the state House. Sponsoring Sen. Mike Cunningham, a Rogersville Republican, says his bill would prevent borrowers from getting into a trap by continuing to renew a loan and accumulate interest. His bill would give borrowers an extended time period to pay back a loan with no additional interest or fees.
CAPITOL BRIEFS School vandals arrested
PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two 16-year-old boys are in custody, accused of breaking into their northwest Missouri high school, stealing computer equipment and causing extensive damage. Platte City police said officers made the arrests Tuesday after recovering stolen items from the boys’ homes and a wooded area of the city. Damage and loss from Monday’s pre-dawn break-in at Platte City High School was originally estimated at $100,000, but police lowered those figures Tuesday to more than $40,000. Surveillance videos showed two people in hooded sweatshirts climbing onto the school’s roof and breaking into a computer lab. They smashed about 30 computer monitors and stole several laptops and iPads. The school’s telephone system and several surveillance cameras were also vandalized, and computer equipment was stolen from other parts of the building.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
Members of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity at Northwest Missouri State University were on the ball during last year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County. This year’s event will take place Friday, April 4, at Bearcat Lanes in Maryville and will include three bowling sessions at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters launches annual fund drive MARYVILLE, Mo. — Big Brothers Big Sisters Nodaway County officially kicked off its largest fundraiser of the year this week. Bowl for Kids’ Sake brings in donations that help the local BBBS office match at-risk kids with Big Brothers and Big Sisters — adult volunteers who serve as mentors and role models. The event at Bearcat Lanes in Maryville attracts about 300 participants each year. This year’s goal is to raise at least $35,000, an increase of $5,000 over 2013. This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake will take place on Friday, April 4th, and
will include three bowling sessions at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Corporate and individual teams raise money by asking friends and family for donations. Once the money is raised, participants gather for an evening of bowling, free pizza and drinks. Team members will receive Tshirts and are eligible to win prizes. Grand prizes this year for bowlers bringing in the most money include a night’s stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City along with six water park passes; an iPad mini courtesy of Walmart; and a $300 gift certificate from
Northwest Cellular. “Many of our participants have said that this is the easiest and most enjoyable fundraising experience they’ve had,” BBBS Program Director Lynette Harbin said. “Besides helping fund our program, the event raises awareness about our organization’s potential impact. Together we can join to positively affect the lives of children right here in our community.” Earlier this year Harbin announced that program growth had enabled her office to hire an additional part-time staff member. “We are growing in leaps
and bounds, but because of this our financial need continues to grow,” Harbin said. “This event truly determines our program stability for the next year.” All money raised goes to help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County match children with adult mentors. Harbin said that matched children consistently show improvement in such areas a self-esteem, grades and family relationships. For more information on how to participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, call (660) 562-7981 or go to www. bbbsnodaway.org.
Local suspect arrested in Alabama By CAROL ROBINSON Alabama Media Group
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Birmingham police have arrested a Missouri woman listed as a fugitive from justice in that state. Margaret JacksonShadomy, 55, was taken into custody last week. The Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction Team arrested JacksonShadomy while she was at work at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital. The woman was charged in Nodaway County with one count of felony identity theft in March 2013, according to Missouri court records. The records didn’t give specifics of her alleged crime. She had been released on $25,000 bond. Birmingham police spokesman Lt. Sean Edwards said his department got a tip through a citizen observer program that Jackson-Shadomy was a fugitive
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from Missouri. After several days of investigation, detectives learned she was employed as a nurse at the hospital, where she was taken into custody. Jackson-Shadomy was being held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail
awaiting extradition. Nodaway County authorities were unavailable for comment Wednesday. Editor’s note: This story is used by permission of the Alabama Media Group, www.alabamamediagroup. com
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Economic Development is a difficult thing to define. For some communities, it is about attracting visitors; for some, it’s about manufacturing; and for still others, it’s about shopping local. Any one of these pursuits is good for a community and will help it grow, but I firmly believe the best economic development approach is a holistic one which incorporates manufacturing, technology, services, retail and community development. I believe that a holistic philosophy strengthens and diversifies a community well beyond the capability of a singularly focused economic development philosophy. From a practical application standpoint, a holistic economic development philosophy should be played out by four core activities: business recruitment, business retention/expansion, entrepreneurship and community development. Business recruitment is the most flashy of these activities but has the lowest return on investment over the long run; only about 10 to 15 percent of jobs that are created in a community come from businesses relocating or expanding. The activity with the highest return on investment is business retention/expansion, which usually generates between 70 and 80 p[ercent of all new jobs in a community. Entrepreneurial development makes up the remaining job creation (it’s important to note that entrepreneurial ventures tend to have a stronger connection to place and therefore are more likely to stay within a community and thus the long-term impact of a strong entrepreneurial development program can be huge). These are industry standard numbers from across the country, so there are pockets where these numbers are different but by and large, these are good numbers to Josh McKim refer to when charting an NCED Director economic development organization’s direction. In future editorials, I will break down each of these components of economic development and why they are important and how they work together to grow our community. I started with this explanation so you can get a better picture of what I believe economic development is all about. As you look at this philosophy, you quickly realize that no one person or organization can accomplish it all. Economic Development is broader than an individual, organization or group — it is about community. In order for Nodaway County to thrive, we must work together. Nodaway County Economic Development is a component of economic development, but it is not the entirety of it; there are many partners within economic development. I have the philosophy that if we are not working together, if economic development is not bigger than an individual or a group, then our efforts will be ineffective or, at the very least, our results will be limited. In starting this new job, one of the things I am most excited about is that Nodaway County seems to have this same philosophy, many of the economic development organizations and citizens of this county understand that we need to work as partners; that we fill service gaps that when linked together produce this holistic economic development approach. Yes, we have some big challenges to deal with. Yes, we have some daunting trends (regional population loss) that we must address, but I take heart in the fact that others see this and are putting their own agendas and personal interests aside to deal with these big issues. I get excited when I see citizen leaders stepping up and spearheading major development projects, not because it puts money in their pockets or gets them attention, but because it would help the community. Their efforts help build something bigger than themselves. This is our greatest asset. It is our community, our desire to build and thrive here. That is why many have come back to Maryville, and that is why many others stayed in Maryville — to give back to the community to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Please accept this invitation to be a part of the economic development process — pass on ideas, start initiatives. If you see a gap or problem, fix it. We can do better than survive, we can thrive; but we need to do it together. Nodaway County Economic Development is here to support this kind of activity. We are here to help you make a difference, so please feel free to contact me with ideas, suggestions, or to just ask questions. Josh McKim is the Eecutive Director of Nodaway County Economic Development.
My 51-year-old first cousin was driving home to Richmond from his job at the Ford plant in Claycomo one day last week when he suddenly felt his throat swelling. Closing. Fortunately, he was near enough to Liberty Hospital that he was able to drive himself to the emergency room just in time, before he completely stopped breathing. Doctors worked frantically to open an airway via tracheotomy and succeeded, but not before his heart had stopped for three to four minutes. They were able to shock his heart back to life, but he remained in a coma, under anesthesia, for a few days before doctors gradually weaned him from the medication. He is now able to respond, but only by turning his head and opening his eyes. There is no question he has brain damage due to the time he went without oxygen. To what extent that damage will affect the rest of his life is yet to be determined. Hopes are there will be a full recovery, but the experts are only giving a 50/50 chance. There has been no change for better or worse in the past few days. Bobby has been through a lot in his life. He lost the lower portion of his left leg to a hunting accident several years ago, so he is no stranger to adversity, or to overcoming it. Bobby and his wife, Marianne, have a brilliant 16-year-old son. Blaine is the top student in his sophomore class
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When there’s nothing else to do, just be there, and pray at Richmond R-XVI. I enjoyed visiting with him in the waiting room this weekend and hearing his opinion on the writings of Ernest Hemingway. He’s just a little ahead of where I was at that age. Who am I kidding? He’s quite a bit ahead of where I am at THIS age. The point is, and this is sure to sound cliché, but we can’t take any-
thing for granted. Bobby’s episode was triggered by an allergic reaction to a blood pressure medication he has been taking for years. It’s a commonly prescribed treatment for high blood pressure that his father, mother and brother all take, as well. What suddenly caused his body to reject the medication? No one seems to know. But I’m told
reactions of this type are not all that uncommon. Scary stuff. As I stood next to his hospital bed and wondered at how good, how normal, he appeared in light of his condition, I told him I loved him and I prayed for him. I told him how strongly I was pulling for his recovery so he could be there for his family. I’m confident he heard me. But here’s the thing — I never would have said those things to him in the normal course of life. See, Bobby and I rarely speak to each other — I’m talking like maybe once a year. It’s not because we don’t like each other. It’s simply because our paths don’t cross that often, we don’t have many common interests and when we do talk, we just don’t have the necessary familiarity to keep the conversation from being awkward. What we do have, is an unspoken bond, something called family. There’s something about tragedy that brings a family closer together. My family has been there for me in challenging times. I wish there was some way I could do something to help Bobby. I can simply pray. I know that God is capable of things that we can’t comprehend, that doctors can’t explain — things that go against what we think we understand. If it is His will for Bobby to recover, he will. If not, He will give Marianne and Blaine the strength they need to carry on.
Streaming with Netflix is the new way to watch (enjoy) TV
I can’t remember the last time I had cable or a dish network television. All I know is that it has been awhile. The main reason my wife and I decided to do away with our cable subscription was because of the price. Why would I pay all this money to see a television show today when I can pay a whole lot less to watch them one or two days later, like I did with Hulu. So I busted out the DVI-to-HDMI cable connector and hooked our computer up to the digital television. We made a choice. Oh, there have been some sacrifices. A few of the shows we used to watch together have fallen to the wayside because we have no way of streaming them. And don’t even talk to me about sports. With those sacrifices have come ways to compensate. Like with sports, when I want to watch the Chiefs play, I just call up a buddy of mine and go watch the game with him. Not only do I get to watch the game, but I also get time to hang with my friend.
So with that sacrifice, time was made to spend with a friend when I could have been home, zoned out on my own television.
Gary Darling And, ask my wife, I could really zone out when I was home watching a game by myself. Enter, a few years later, a Netflix streaming subscription.
Now when Netflix first started online streaming, I was a little apprehensive. The selection wasn’t the greatest and it didn’t seem to be worth the price. This only amplified when they lost their Starz network contract back in 2012 and the streaming giant lost more than a thousand Starz movies and television shows. But we stuck with it because the price was right and I could watch movies or television shows on my computer, my iPad, or even my smartphone. Now we have become one of “those” households. There have been many a days where my wife and I have camped out in front of a television, loaded our Netflix account, and binge watched multiple series of television shows we wanted to watch. Binge viewing is to watch most of a television series in one sitting. This is happening in more and more households across the country. For us, we will probably never go back to a “normal” cable-like subscription service because we don’t need to and, although it was weird, it was a wise decision for us.
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You know what day it is?? One of my absolute favorite days of the year…pitchers and catchers report to spring training this morning. Go Roy-
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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.
Missouri regains No. 2 cow state By DUANE DAILY MU Extension
Missouri returned as No. 2 beef cow state in the nation, with a 63,000-cow increase in 2013. The USDA cow count shows Missouri rose from No. 3 back to the position it held from 1983 to 2008. The state has 1.82 million cows, down from more than 2 million in 2008. The annual U.S. Department of Agriculture inventory shows Missouri to be one of only three states to grow herd size by more than 50,000 cows. In 2013, Kansas went up 86.000 cows. Oklahoma grew by 51,000. Arkansas rose 31,000, making it fourth-fastest-growing cow state in the nation. Texas remains No. 1, with 3.91 million head. In a long-term drought, Texas cow numbers dropped 1.1 million head from the 2011 USDA report. Nebraska, which had been No. 2 for two years, dropped to No. 4, with Oklahoma No. 3 in beef cow numbers. In contrast, 37 states declined or held steady at 2013 levels, says Daniel Madison, research economist at the University of Missouri Division of Applied Social Sciences. Nationally, the cow herd continued declining, losing 255,000 head in 2013. The U.S. herd now has 29 million cows, the lowest level since 1962. Observers anticipate an upturn in cow numbers. Declining beef supply brought sharp increases in cattle prices. Meanwhile, sharp drops in feed prices give economic signals for higher profits. That should lead to rebuilding the cow herd. However, droughts and
doubts about grass and hay supplies cause caution for herd owners nationally. Dry weather continues in parts of the United States. “The economics seem to be in place for future growth in the beef cow numbers,” said Scott Brown, MU beef economist. “Missouri producers see those signals,” he said. “Heifers retained in the herd are an indicator of optimism.” Nationally, 1.7 percent more heifers are in the inventory over 2013. In Missouri, heifers are up 5.2 percent. “Unlike the last few years, feed price projections are more promising for anyone raising cattle,” Brown said. “Feedlots are selling fed cattle at prices never seen before. Now that their feed bills are dropping, they pay more for feeder calves. They want to refill their lots.” The strongest developing trend in cattle prices is higher premiums for quality beef. “The biggest premiums are paid for USDA prime grade cattle,” Brown said. “Missouri producers in the Quality Beef by the Numbers program gain current high market price, plus grid premiums in some cases of hundreds of dollars.” However, more than economics are in play, Brown said. “Drought continues to be a concern. California and Nevada herds are being reduced because of lack of water and grass.” According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, conditions ranging from abnormally dry to moderate drought cover a swath from northern Missouri through Iowa, to southern Minnesota.
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America’s Farmers grow communities
Nodaway County farmers Larry and Darla Roberts present a $2,500 grant from the America’s Famers program to the North Nodaway FFA chapter. Pictured, from left to right, Craig Stiens with Channel Seeds, Brittany Bix, Larry and Darla Roberts, Hallie Henggeler, Troy Nally, Erin Greeley, Cameron Morrison, Cambry Schluter, Sam Frueh, Alisha Woods, and Courtney Martin.
Local farmer supports North Nodaway FFA through ‘America’s Farmers’ gift HOPKINS, Mo. – Nodaway County farmer Larry Roberts has directed a $2,500 donation to the North Nodaway Chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). Funded by America’s Farmers Grow Communities, the donation will allow the FFA chapter purchase new curriculum and cover travel to contests and conventions. “The FFA is a good program for our community because it teaches kids about farming and agriculture,” said Roberts. “Those kids are the future farmers of America and the next generation of agriculture leaders.” Troy Nally, North Nodaway FFA adviser, said having the support of lo-
cal farmers and community members is important to the FFA students, from both financial and community involvement standpoints. “We as a chapter try to do as many things for our community, such as, the kids pedal tractor pull and church stand during the Hopkins picnic,” Nally said. “This organization is great for kids in gaining confidence in themselves and building life long skills that will benefit them later in life. I believe many of our area farmers have been through the FFA program and have seen how much affect it can have on not only their lives, but lives of others.” Thanks to the support of farmers across the country,
more than $3.2 million is being directed to nonprofits in 1,289 counties in 39 states. America’s Farmers Grow Communities works directly with farmers to support nonprofit organizations like the North Nodaway FFA, who are doing important work in their communities. The program offers farmers the chance to win $2,500, which is then donated to the farmer’s nonprofit of choice. The search for funding to sustain and enhance programs is a yearround job for nonprofit organizations across the country. Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, farmers have been able to support a variety
of groups, such as schools, fire departments, community centers and youth organizations like 4-H and FFA. America’s Farmers Grow Communities launched in 2010, and has since donated over $13 million to more than 5,200 nonprofit organizations across the country. America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which highlights and celebrates the important contributions of farmers like Larry Roberts. For a complete list of Grow Communities winners and more program information, please visit growcommunities.com.
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The Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association would like to thank our event sponsors, donors and attendees for making the inaugural Cattlemen’s Round-up a huge success!
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Green Plains of Hopkins Jamesland Farms/Crooked Creek Angus John & Kendra Laffey Kenny Henggeler Mary Lee Meyer Maryville Daily Forum Maryville Florist Maryville Veterinary Clinic LLC MFA Oil Missouri Cattlewomen’s Mycogen Seeds – Matt Greenspan Nathan & Nicki Honan Nodaway Veterinary Clinic Northwest Implement O’Reilly Auto Parts Pioneer/Rischer Seed Sales Rep. Casey Guernsey Schenkel Farms – John & Bev Schenkel
Schmidt Angus Scott Liebhart – NWM ABS rep SE Nodaway MFA Silver Spur Salers Snodderley Lumber Something Country – Kandi Lager Stiens Grain & Livestock Stine Seed/Andrew & Tim Lance Summa Implement The Wool Shop – Allen Andrews Tim Schafer United Producers Vita Ferm Watkins True Value West Nodaway Simmental Whipp Sales & Service Ziegler
Attend the next Nodaway County Cattlemen’s Association meeting. • March 6th – 6:30 pm @ Northwest Technical School • Meal provided by Merial and New Balance Commodities • Speakers: Dr. Tom Vandyke, Merial speaking about LongRange de-wormer) and Dr. Jared Decker, State MU Extension Specialist • Additional guest: New Balance Commodities • Meeting will be in conjunction with Nodaway County Agri-Leaders
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Wild west was ‘wild’ Old West aficionado Larry Anderson displays Native American artifacts he has collected over the years during a lecture Tuesday at the Maryville Public Library. Anderson gave a presentation titled “Heroes and Villains of the Wild West,” during which he sketched out a number of Western figures including the courageous Nez Perce leader known as Chief Joseph. KEVIN BIRDSELL/DAILY FORUM
Victims’ rights handbook
Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Rice has issued a crime victims’ handbook designed to help those who have suffered at the hands of criminals exercise their rights as cases progress through the criminal justice system.
Booklet focuses on victims’ rights Continued from Page 1 understand your rights just as much as we try to make sure that the defendants know their rights.” Rice added that he worked to make the booklet easy to understand and simple to use. “I wanted to do it in an easy-to-read format that was informative,” Rice said, “not only about the prosecution, but also about how to obtain a protection order, what some civil remedies are, and what some resources are to help people move
on with their lives. “ The book covers just about every process and procedure that a crime victim will experience, starting with the initial investigation and moving through the final court date when the accused is found innocent or guilty. “Call me if you have any questions,” Rice said. “But also check out this book. You can refer to it anytime and every time you need it. It explains to victims what their rights, are and I’m very proud of that.”
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Wild west is topic of local speech Continued from Page 1 much of their time chasing a fast buck in gambling houses and saloons, Reeves was a federal peace officer for more than 30 years and is said to have arrested more than 3,000 felons. On the other end of the spectrum, Anderson said, was Jim “Killer” Miller, whose 1909 lynching by citizens outraged over his assassination of another, less fortunate, deputy marshal essentially ended the romantic — and deadly — era of the so-called “fast gun.” Other Wild West personages described by Anderson included both Hickok and Earp, who perhaps more than any other two figures have come to symbolize the myth of the wandering gunfighter, drifting through the wide-open mining camps and cattle towns that gave the West much of its romantic color, dash and reputation for hair-trigger violence. Earp, of course, was involved along with two of his brothers and the harddrinking, tubercular John “Doc” Holliday in the Gunfight at OK Corral, the subject of countless books, movies, plays, songs and television shows. Anderson noted that Hickok — an Army scout, lawman, gambler and “shootist” — was early in his career involved in what has come to be regarded as the first “quick-draw” gun duel of the kind depicted in dozens of
dime novels, radio shows and movies dating back to the silent era. The fight, Anderson said, occurred not on some dusty Texas street lined by wooden storefronts with swinging doors but in Springfield, Mo., where Hickok faced off against another gambler named Davis Tutt at a distance of 75 yards. Once in the street, the men are said to have faced each other sideways — offering the smallest possible target — with Tutt reaching for his pistol and Hickok steadying his weapon over one arm. Tutt missed as Hickok’s bullet struck him in the left side, causing the gambler to cry out, “Boys, I’m killed.” On the hero side of the ledger, Anderson talked about such largerthan-life personalities as future U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, who, grief-stricken over the deaths of his wife and mother, tried his hand at cattle ranching in North Dakota. At first, Anderson said, the New York-born, glasses-wearing Roosevelt was considered something of a dude by his fellow ranchers and the raucous cowboys who tended their stock. But that was before the man who became the hero of San Juan Hill displayed his Harvard-honed boxing skills in a saloon fight and tracked down three outlaws who had stolen a boat he kept on the Little Missouri
River. Anderson also counted Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe among his honor roll of Western heroes, noting his remarkable leadership in trying to save his people from extinction by the U.S. Cavalry. Run to ground near the Canadian border, Joseph finally surrendered, telling his few remaining warriors, “Hear me, my chiefs. I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.” Anderson closed by talking about one of his favorite Wild West villains, the California stagecoach robber Charles Earl Bowles, better known to history as Black Bart, a quite successful criminal noted for leaving bits of poetry behind after absconding with Wells Fargo strongboxes. Wounded during his final robbery attempt and imprisoned for four years, Bowles was released in 1888. By this time an aging and broken man, he told a newspaper reporter he was “through with crime.” In a letter to his wife back in Hannibal, Mo., Bowles said he was tired of being shadowed by Wells Fargo detectives and just wanted to fade from the scene. And that’s that happened. A hotel owner in Visalia, Calif., said a man answering Black Bart’s description had checked in and then disappeared. He was never seen again.
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QUOTABLE “I think we came out strong, but knowing that we beat them before — you can’t be content with that. I think that could’ve been the case tonight. You just can’t be content, can’t get complacent with one win.” -Northwest junior forward Annie Mathews
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Maryville junior post Jacob Cacek goes up for a hook shot over a Bishop LeBlond defender in Wednesday night’s overtime loss. Cacek scored 10 points in the 59-56 setback.
Spoofhounds bow in OT in coach’s final home game By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer
Break on through
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Northwest junior forward Annie Mathews is fouled fighting through a double team in the Bearcats’ 79-74 overtime loss to Lindenwood Wednesday night in Bearcat Arena. Mathews finished with 20 points before fouling out in the overtime period.
Cats lose 2nd straight in overtime, drop in MIAA By JASON LAWRENCE Sports editor
If you would have told Northwest women’s head coach Michael Smith that his team would commit a season-low in turnovers, but still come up on the short end of the stick, he would have called you crazy. However, that is exactly what happened Wednesday night in Bearcats Arena as Northwest dropped its second straight overtime contest, 79-74 to Lindenwood. “It’s a shame because I felt like this is a game that we needed, that we should of got, and we let it get away,” head coach Michael Smith said, “and it’s nobody’s fault but our own.” The Bearcats handled Lindenwood 7059 earlier in the season on the road and jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, but it turned out to be short-lived. “I think we came out strong, but knowing that we beat them before — you can’t be content with that,” junior forward Annie Mathews said. “I think that could’ve been the case tonight. You just can’t be content, can’t get complacent with one win.” Lindenwood answered and took a 21-20 lead with 3:43 left in the first half and held a slim 26-25 lead at halftime after junior guard Ariel Easton’s jumper missed the mark after a steal in the backcourt. “Our defense just wasn’t there tonight,” Mathews said. “We shouldn’t have gave up that many points. I think that’s pretty cut to the chase: our defense just wasn’t there. We’ve been playing really good defense the past few games, that’s what’s been giving us the results that we’ve been getting and we didn’t execute our defense tonight.” It also didn’t help that Northwest was without freshman forward Shelby Mustain, who came down with the flu Wednesday morning and that the Cats shot just 10-for31 in the first half, including 4-of-15 from beyond the three-point line. “We didn’t lose because Shelby wasn’t with us,” Smith said. “We lost because
Lindenwood gave more effort than we did. We settled too much for threes. We talked about that at halftime — obviously it went in one ear and out the other.” The second half wasn’t much better as Northwest shot just 35-percent overall and was 0-for-9 from three. The Cats did get a lift from Mathews in the second half, however, as she scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half and layups by her and junior guard Ashleigh Nelson tied the game at 60 as regulation ended. Lindenwood went 4-for-4 from the field in overtime to keep the Bearcats at bay despite a pair of late threes from junior guard Ariel Easton that rallied Northwest to within three points after trailing by as many as eight in the extra period. “We’ve gotta understand that we just can’t sit back and relax, we’ve gotta be up in their face the whole game,” Easton said. Easton finished with a game-high 21 points while Nelson added 16. However the two combined to shoot just 14-for-43 from the field, including 6-for-24 from downtown. The Cats fall to 1-3 in overtime contests this season, including losing two straight following a four-game winning streak. Northwest (9-14, 6-10 MIAA) could have jumped up to seventh in the conference standings with a win, but are now looking more likely to have to travel for a first round MIAA Tournament game rather than hosting as the fifth through eighth seeds do, since they’re currently ranked ninth. That puts a little more pressure of the team in Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. showdown with Missouri Western (9-14, 4-12) in St. Joseph. “There’s a lot riding on these games and Coach told us after the game that we’re under some pressure,” Mathews said. “We’ve just got to step up and handle it. Winning this game would’ve put us in better position, obviously, but we also didn’t come out with it, so we are under some pressure.”
In head coach Mike Kuwitzky’s final home game at Maryville High School, the Spoofhounds didn’t disappoint, but still came up on the short end of the stick against Bishop LeBlond. “(I) wish we would have won it,” Kuwitzky said. “We’ve had two overtime games this year and lost them both.” Maryville took a 28-27 lead into the fourth quarter when both teams’ offenses picked up the intensity. The teams traded buckets throughout the quarter before Maryville was able to pull ahead by six with four minutes left to play. LeBlond pulled back within a single point with 44 second left to play. Clutch free throws from Maryville junior Mitch Worthington put the Hounds up three points late in the game, but LeBlond junior Connor Haynes hit a three-point shot, his third of the period, with five seconds left to play to tie the game at 46. “We really battled,” Kuwitzky said. “But, we left them open for some threes. Some of them we were in their face, but they hit them anyway. That last one that Haynes hit, we were on him.” Maryville freshman guard Trey Oglesby had a chance to get the win for the Hounds,
but his shot fell short at the buzzer. Overtime was just as closely contested as the fourth quarter, with the teams scoring a combined 23 points in the short four-minute extra period. Oglesby started the period out with a three-point bucket, but his final attempt late did not fall and the Hounds fell to LeBlond 59-56. The first three quarters were quite the opposite of the fourth quarter and overtime. Both defenses played a more pivotal role in those quarters. “We’ve been getting better on defense,” Kuwitzky said. “That’s not been a strong suit all year, but we’ve been getting better.” Oglesby led the Spoofhounds in scoring with 27 points, 20 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. “We had Ogelsby hitting those threes, which was pretty clutch,” Kuwitzky said. “He had his best game of his varsity career tonight, when we needed it most. I’m really proud of him and the team.” Junior post Jacob Cacek finished the final home game of the season with 10 points. With the loss, the Hounds dropped to 5-16 on the season and 1-6 in Midland Empire Conference play. The Spoofhounds will close out the regular season Friday night at MEC opponent Savannah, with tipoff around 7:30 p.m.
Northwest takes care of business By JASON LAWRENCE Sports editor
It wasn’t their prettiest win of the season, but the Northwest men’s basketball team kept hold on first place in the MIAA title race with a 70-59 win over Lindenwood Wednesday night. The Bearcats got a lift from freshman forward Zach Schneider hit a pair of threepointers of dishes from senior point guard DeShaun Cooper as time wound down in the first half. Schneider’s only two makes of the game gave Northwest a 31-21 lead at halftime — a double-digit lead it held throughout most of the second half. “That was key for us because we were struggling early in the first half,” senior center Dillon Starzl said. “Zach hit tow big threes and that really got us going into halftime.” The Cats pounded the ball in low to Starzl in the second half as the post piled up 11 of his 13 points in the half — helping Northwest outscore Lindenwood 32-12 in the painted area. “I got on (Starzl) at halftime,” head coach Ben McCollum said. “I knew he was either going to kill me or kill the defense and I was hoping it wasn’t me.”
Sophomore guard Conner Crooker finished with a game-high 17 points aided by 4-of-5 three-point shooting while Cooper added 11 and junior forward Grant Cozad chipped in 10. Northwest, now 19-6 overall and 14-2 in MIAA play, has a rivalry game looming Saturday with Missouri Western in St. Joseph and the conference title could come down to the final game of the regular season against second place Central Missouri (21-4, 13-3) on Saturday, March 1. “Western is a rivalry game, so if you can’t get up for Western, you probably don’t belong in college basketball,” McCollum said. “Then, obviously senior night (on Wednesday, Feb. 26 against Southwest Baptist), if you can’t get up for that, it’ll be tough. I think just staying one game at a time — taking it from the bottom and climbing our way back up each game.” Starzl said the experience of battling down to the wire two years ago in a similar manner could give them an upper hand this time around. “I think we do have that experience, but we’ve got to make sure we show it out on the court,” he said. The Cats tip off at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Joseph.
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Northeast Nodaway wins overtime thriller By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer
Thirty-two minutes wasn’t enough time for a winner to emerge in Tuesday night’s Northeast Nodaway-West Nodaway clash, but once overtime arrived, the visiting Bluejays took advantage to post a 51-42 win. Good defense and cold shooting was the name of the game in the first half, as West Nodaway rebounded from a 9-7 first quarter deficit to take an 18-17 halftime lead. Northeast Nodaway, powered by six third-quarter points from senior post Joel Scroggie, outscored the Rockets 15-10 in the third quarter to take a 32-28 lead into the fourth quarter. “Our kids do a good job of getting the ball to the hot hand,” Bluejay coach Chaim Jenkins said. “And in the third quarter, that was Joel.” In the fourth quarter, Northeast Nodaway held a three-to-five point lead for most of the quarter, but shaky free-throw shooting down the stretch prevented the Bluejays from putting the Rockets away. “We’ve been a good free throw shooting team all season,” Jenkins said. “But that wasn’t the case in the fourth quarter tonight.” With the Bluejays holding a 42-39 lead, the Rockets looked to sophomore guard Jaden Gillenwater, who carried the Rockets offensively throughout the game.
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Once again, Gillenwater responded. His three-pointer from the top of the key completed the West Nodaway comeback effort by tying the contest at 42-42 and forcing overtime. Gillenwater’s attempt at the game winner with just seconds left on the clock bounced off the rim as time expired. In overtime, the Bluejays again found the hot hand in junior guard Garet Jackson. Jackson scored seven of Northeast Nodaway’s nine points in overtime, while the Rockets were blanked on the scoreboard, producing the final 51-42 margin. “This was a big road win for us over a very good team,” Jenkins said. “Hopefully, it will give us some momentum heading into districts.” The Bluejays, now 9-13 on the season, were led offensively by Scroggie’s 19 points and Jackson finished with 14. Senior guard Steve Schulte added nine points as well. West Nodaway, now 15-9 on the season, was paced by Gillenwater’s 22 points, which included three three-pointers. Fellow sophomore Blake Farnan chipped in with seven points. Northeast Nodaway is back in action tonight, as the Bluejays play host to conference foe Osborn. The girls’ game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Rockets will be back in action Friday night, playing host to Craig/Fairfax, with action scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with the girls’ contest.
Jefferson sweeps conference foe Jefferson traveled to Union Star Tuesday night for a pair of Platte Valley Conference games and won them both, as the Lady Eagles prevailed 40-10 while the Eagles won by a 61-42 margin. In the girls’ contest, the Lady Eagles stretched a 17-8 half time lead by outscoring the Lady Trojans 21-0 in the third quarter en route to the victory. Sophomore post Jessie Henry led Jefferson with 11 points, while junior post Makayla Wilmes and freshman guard Kelsi McQuinn added seven points each, as the Lady Eagles improved to 13-11 on the season. In the boys’ contest, Jefferson jumped
out to an 18-8 first quarter lead and stretched the lead to 35-20 by halftime. Jefferson led 49-32 at the end of three quarters and finished off the effort by outscoring the Trojans 12-10 in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Alex Holtman led Jefferson with 24 points, including four 3-pointers. Sophomore Jason Sullivan added 11 points for the Eagles, now 17-7 on the season. Jefferson will host conference foe DeKalb tonight. The girls’ game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. DeKalb is just a half-game back of the Eagles in the boys’ standings and a game up on the girls.
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Northeast Nodaway junior guard Garet Jackson came up big in overtime for the Bluejays, scoring seven of their nine points in the extra period to propel them to the 51-42 overtime victory. Jackson finished with 14 points on the night.
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Albrecht-Kemper Regional High School Art Exhibition Opens Sunday, March 2nd
The Theatre Northwest production of ‘Independence’ stars, left to right, Helen Strotman as Evelyn, Megan Oliver as Kess, Nataleigh Brull as Sherry, and Dana Masters as Jo.
Northwest students stage ‘Independence’ MARYVILLE, Mo. — Theatre Northwest, the dramatic arts program at Northwest Missouri State University, will present the Lee Blessing play “Independence” this week in the studio theater space at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. According to Joe Kreizinger, associate professor of theater and the show’s director, “Independence” deals with a variety of themes, including responsibility, freedom, manipulation, guilt, gender and sexual orientation. “Yet it is not a play solely about any of those,” Kreizinger said. “At its base, it is a play about family.” The setting is the small town of Independence, Iowa, the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs (played by Helen Strotman). Briggs’ eldest daughter, Kess (Megan Oliver), is a university professor in Minneapolis and has come home at the request of her sister, Jo (Dana Masters), who is concerned about their mother’s mental health. Performances of “Independence” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, through Saturday, Feb. 22. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 23. The show is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets cost $8 per person and may be purchased between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center
on the first floor of the Administration Building. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at (660) 562-1212 or at the door beginning one hour before curtain.
ST. JOSEPH, MO — The 2014 Regional High School Art Exhibition is scheduled to open Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 1-4 pm at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art. Awards will be presented at 2:00 PM in the theater on the lower level of the Museum. The exhibition features high schools from Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. Artworks are divided into nine categories based on media and/or technique. After a panel jury selection, First, Second, and Third Place, plus Honorable Mentions will be awarded in each category. The Opening Reception on March 2nd is open to artists, their families and the general public at no charge. The Exhibition runs through April 6th, 2014 Make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to see the incredible and innovative work of our future artists. For more information, call 816-233-7003.
State Theater in Mound City to present Jill Anderson’s Celtic Cabaret in March
MOUND CITY, Mo.— Jill Anderson is bring her Celtic Cabaret to the State Theater in March. Jill Anderson’s Celtic Cabaret is a concert of Irish music, history and poetry. The audience is treated to haunting ballads, rousing military anthems, comedy songs that feature audience participation, virtuostic a cappella songs in the sean nos (unaccompanied) style, beautiful Irish poetry readings and fascinating history and facts. Jill accompanies herself on guitar and Irish drum (bodhran) as she takes the audience on a musical tour of Ireland. As Jill’s background is in Theatre as well as music, she puts great emphasis on the storytelling aspect of the songs. Husband and wife team Bernie and Erin Lowis provide added instrumentation on fiddle, bass, keyboards and guitar. Audio samples, picture galleries and more information on Jill can be found at : www.RedChairRecords.com The show will run at the State Theater in Mound City, Sunday, March 2nd, at 3:00pm. Tickets are $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the door, $5.00 students.
Devo guitarist Bob Casale dies at age 61
Helen Strotman (left) as Evelyn and Dana Masters (right) as Jo star in Theatre Northwest’s production of Lee Blessing’s ‘Independence’
NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Casale, the guitarist for Devo, best known for the 1980 hit “Whip It,” has died of heart failure, his brother and band member Gerald Casale said Tuesday. He was 61. Devo founding member Casale said in a statement that his younger brother’s death Monday was “sudden” and “a total shock.” “As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Casale said. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got.” No further details on his death were provided. The Ohio-based Devo introduced themselves to the world in 1977 by making a frenetic version of the Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction.” The new wave band released its Brian Eno-produced debut, “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!,” in 1978 and reached platinum status with 1980’s “Freedom of Choice,” which featured “Whip It.” Gerald Casale formed Devo with lead singer Mark Mothersbaugh. Alan Myers, the group’s drummer, died last year after a battle with cancer age at 58. Devo is short for devolution, the idea that man was regressing into an earlier state.
‘Independence’ will leave you speechless
A scene from Theatre Northwest production of ‘Independence’ starring (left to right) Helen Strotman as Evelyn, Dana Masters as Jo, Megan Oliver as Kess, and Nataleigh Brull as Sherry. The show runs Thursday, February 20 through Sunday, February 23 in the Studio Theater in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing arts. By Gary Darling Staff Writer
I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I entered the theatre on a semi-cold February night. All I knew for sure was that Dr. Joe Kreizinger was the director. Upon entering, I noticed the stage setup. It looked like a typical Midwest interior from what appeared to be the 1980s. Actually, it looked a little bit like my aunt’s house back in South Dakota. I also noticed how close we, the audi-
ence, was going to be sitting. We are right there, almost breaking through the “fourth wall” in this quasithrust setup. From there, the lights went out and I was in for a surprise. Not only was I not expecting what transpired in front of me, but neither was I ready for the content of the play written by Lee Blessing. It was startling, raw, and delivered by well-cast actors who did a wonderful job “becoming” their characters. Set in Independence, Iowa,
‘Independence’ is about a family, not your typical family, but a family nonetheless. There are three girls, Kess (Megan Oliver), Jo (Dana Masters), and Sherry (Nataleigh Brull) and their mother, Evelyn (Helen Strotman). All live together, except for Kess, who has moved on in her life pursuing her career, in this dwelling. Then something happens and Jo contacts Kess and asks her to come back to Independence because of an emergency. Once there, though, things begin to play out for this foursome that will not only define a new meaning of ‘family,’ but also exposes the trials and tribulations of each woman and how it has affected them in their lives, both now and into the future. For me, as an audience member, it was troubling to watch what unfolded on stage because of the rawness of it. It was uncomfortable for all the right reasons. What I am saying is that, yes, the subject matter was heavy and unembellished, but the performers and the interpretation they provide the audience, is well worth it. Having seen most of these young thespians perform several times before, I knew upon each individual entrance that I wasn’t going to be disappointed. The one lone cast member I hadn’t viewed before was Nataleigh Brull and I am disappointed that I hadn’t because she is a little scene-stealer, even in the presence of other fine actors. Her interpretation of Sherry, both in mannerism and presence, was powerful. Even in moments when she had nothing to say, she still had a charisma that drew your eye to her to see what she was doing. This wasn’t a distraction. On the contrary, it helped give the production depth and made the situation more real to me.
As the troubled mother, Helen Strotman startled me. I lost this clever actor in her performance and was left with a very complete characterization of Evelyn Briggs. By far, she had the strongest performance of the night for me. Now, don’t take that wrong. This doesn’t mean that Megan Oliver, Dana Masters, and Nataleigh weren’t strong as well, because they are. All four performances could have stolen the show in any other performance of any other show I have seen before. This is a very good ensemble cast. As far as direction, Dr. Kreizinger keeps the flow of the story at just the right pace. A more inexperienced director may have let the dreariness of the subject take the whole production down into a boring and heavy mess. That doesn’t happen here. Finally, the lighting, sound, costuming, and scene design are top notch. Many times, the people involved in these endeavors go unheralded, but they are just as important as those on stage. As I left the staging of Theatre Northwest’s ‘Independence,’ I was left with a feeling of satisfaction — both for the acting and the entire production that unfolded before me. Although, it did make me want to go home and hug my kids as tight as I could and lock them in the basement. Let me reiterate, this is a very mature production. There is adult language and content. Parental discretion is encouraged. The curtain rises on “Independence” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, in the Studio Theater in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. The production also includes an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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beauty of a deal can increase upon careful analysis. Sometimes, though, the key play is a falsecard. What should happen in this deal after West leads the heart ace against three no-trump? Before getting to the answer, some pairs use interesting honor leads against no-trump. They choose one card, either the ace or king (I prefer the king), when they have a very strong suit. It asks partner either to unblock an honor or to give count. With that agreement, West would lead his “big” card here, happy if East could throw the queen onto the table. (Assuming the king is “big,” then an acelead is from a weaker aceking holding, asking partner to signal attitude. And a queen-lead is from either a weak king-queen or a good queen-jack.) If that appeals to you, discuss it carefully with your partners. Using standard leads and signals, East should play his heart three at trick one, discouraging. Then South must
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Woman charged in deputy attack An Elwood, Kan., woman who works as a sergeant for the Missouri Department of Corrections in St. Joseph, is free on $4,900 bond after allegedly assaulting a Nodaway County sheriff’s deputy Sunday evening outside the jail in Maryville. According to Sheriff Darren White, Jacqueline Russell was at the jail to post bond for her son who had been picked up earlier on a failure-to-appear warrant issued in Buchanan County. White said that while inside the jail, Russell, who had apparently been drinking, became abusive and was escorted outside by Deputy Michael Clements. While standing near the main entrance to the jail, Russell allegedly took a swing at Clements, striking him in the upper body. White said the officer was not injured, and that Russell was taken back inside, given a breath test and booked. She was later charged with misdemeanor assault of a peace officer.
Coach arrested in girl’s slaying SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A middle-school football coach was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri who was reportedly snatched off a neighborhood street just blocks from her home as several neighbors watched in horror. Craig Michael Wood, 45, of Springfield also faces kidnapping and armed criminal action charges, according to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson, who filed the charges late Wednesday afternoon. Wood is accused of kidnapping fourth-grader Hailey Owens about 5 p.m. Tuesday as she walked to a friend’s house. Wood was arrested inside the truck parked outside his small, single-story home Tuesday night. A body believed to be that of the missing girl was found Wednesday at a Springfield home owned by Wood. Official confirmation won’t occur until after an autopsy, but Police Chief Paul Williams said “we have a high degree of confidence” in the preliminary identification. Witnesses told investigators that a man in a gold 2008 Ford Ranger pickup truck drove down the street several times before abducting Hailey. The Springfield School District said Wood is a seventh-grade football coach and teacher’s aide who supervises in-school suspensions at a school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Hailey did not attend that school, and Williams said the two apparently didn’t know each other. “There’s no connection that we’ve been able to determine at this time between the victim and the suspect,” he said. Williams said police have no idea of a motive for the killing. He said Wood has not talked to investigators since his arrest. The chief said that witnesses to the abduction called 911 to report the
truck’s license number. Resident Ricky Riggins told the Springfield NewsLeader he chased the fleeing pickup in his car after a neighbor tried to pull the girl away. “I couldn’t keep up,” Riggins told the newspaper. “He was probably five to six cars ahead of me. ... It was so fast.” About 30 Springfield police investigators along with an FBI evidence response team searched the area near Wood’s home Wednesday morning, as well as a nearby coin-operated laundry. A records search shows Wood had little criminal history. He pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in 1990 in Greene County and was fined $100. Wood also was convicted in 2001 for illegal taking of wildlife, the News-Leader reported. Springfield School District Superintendent Norm Ridder said in a statement Wednesday that Wood began working for the district in August 1998 and is a paraprofessional and coach at Pleasant View School. Ridder said Wood has been suspended since his arrest. School spokesman Teresa Bledsoe later said that Wood was initially hired as a temporary employee who worked as a substitute teacher before he was hired full time in 2006. He has coached football at Pleasant View since 1998 and was also an assistant boys’ basketball coach. “He met all of our qualifications for employment,” Bledsoe said, noting that the Springfield district has a more rigorous background check requirement than state law, with an additional screening designed to detect substantiated allegations of child abuse or neglect as well as any past criminal violations. Hailey did not attend the school where Wood worked. She was a student at Westport Elementary School this year, and was at Bowerman Elementary School last year.
Dr. Brian Vierthaler, a Maryville dentist, and Stefanie Rush, a dental assistant from Vierthaler’s Compass Dental clinic, recently made a visit to St. Gregory’s School. While at St. Greg’s Vierthaler and Rush met with pre-school through second-grade students to talk about dental health and hygiene. Each student received a gift bag containing a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss pick. The presentations were held in conjunction with Children’s Dental Health Month.
R-II committee to promote bonds By TONY BROWN News editor
The Maryville R-II School Board met this week, moving through a light agenda that included planning for a campaign designed to convince patrons to approve a $10.25 million capital improvements bond issue set to go before voters in April. Superintendent Larry Linthacum said Wednesday the district is organizing a “marketing campaign focus group” charged with leading the effort to win voter approval of the bonds, which would be used to pay for a new performing arts center at Maryville High School. Should voters OK the measure, the money would also go for a planned expansion of the Eugene Field Elementary School cafeteria and commons area and a second gymnasium at MHS. The gymnasium has been linked to a Federal Emergency Management Agency
grant that would require the facility to do double duty as a community shelter for use in the event of severe weather or other calamity. Word on the grant has yet to be received, but Linthacum said if the bond issue passes the gym will be built with or without federal funds. If no FEMA money is used, extra-thick walls and other disaster-related infrastructure will not be required, which means bond proceeds alone would be sufficient to cover construction costs, Linthacum said. The district has formed the campaign group so that it can legally make an appeal to voters urging them to support the bond package. Under state law, R-II funds can be spent only to disseminate information, not to advocate for one course of action over another. Linthacum said he expects the panel to raise funds privately in order to
purchase advertising and in other ways seek to convince voters to cast a vote in favor of the proposed bond issue on April 8. Also planned is an “open house” in late March, probably at the high school, during which patrons will be able to view renderings of the proposed construction projects and ask questions of district officials. In other business before the board, Linthacum discussed plans to create an academic program for “talented and gifted” R-II students in grades one through eight. Implementation of the program is at least two years off, but Linthacum said planning is already underway. If the current proposal moves forward, ACES psychologist Katie Neubauer will be reassigned to perform the testing required to determine what children would be eligible for the program.
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Children who qualify will receive approximately 150 minutes of accelerated classroom instruction weekly provided by existing faculty. Both Linthacum and Special Education Director Michelle McCollum said that more than half the school districts in Missouri currently have programs serving “talented and gifted” students, and that a significant number of R-II youngsters would benefit from a similar effort here. “We have a lot of bright kids in our district — a lot of kids to screen for the program,” McCollum said. “It’s a good problem to have.” Linthacum said R-II wants to design a unique program based on a model provided by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education plus the best features of other “talented and gifted” initiatives from districts around the state.
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The Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce welcomed one of the newest businesses to town at a ribbon cutting ceremony held Wednesday afternoon. Milne-Dinsdale seed is located at 25778 Hawk Road, west of Maryville, near the airport. Owner Erin Dinsdale cut the ceremonial ribbon, flanked by fellow owners, family and Chamber Ambassadors.