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Volume 104 • Number 53 • Wednesday, March 19, 2014 • PO Box 188 • 111 E. Jenkins • Maryville, MO • 75¢

Smoke leads to alarm, evacuation at school By TONY BROWN News editor

It’s in here somewhere


A maintenance technician examines HVAC infrastructure installed above the ground-floor ceiling at Maryville Middle School on Tuesday after an apparent oil leak caused smoke to drift into the corridor and an adjoining classroom. The school was evacuated for about 20 minutes after the smoke was spotted, but classes resumed shortly afterward.

Students and staff at Maryville Middle School were evacuated shortly before 10 a.m. Tuesday after smoke began drifting into a classroom and adjoining corridor. Principal Kevin Pitts said when he became aware of the situation he immediately activated the school’s emergency response plan and ordered all students to leave the building before notifying Maryville Public Safety, which immediately dispatched its main pumper truck to the scene. Pitts said the affected classroom, E130, a special services room located on the ground floor to the west of the school’s main entrance, was empty at the time of the incident, and that the evacuation proceeded without mishap. In fact, nearly 200 of the school’s approximately 440 students were out of town Tuesday taking part in a field trip to a children’s literature festival at the University of Central Missouri in War-

rensburg. About 260 children were in the school, which is located on Route V west of South Main Street, when the alarm sounded. Minutes after the building was cleared, Maryville firefighters and R-II School District maintenance personnel tracked the source of the smoke to some HVAC infrastructure located above the ceiling tile in the affected corridor. The exact cause of the smoke was not immediately determined, but Pitts speculated that oil had leaked from a compressor or other climate-control device. R-II Superintendent Larry Linthacum arrived at MMS from his nearby office on the Maryville High School campus moments after the alarm sounded as did district maintenance superintendent Ron Wilson. The students, many of whom had left the building on a chilly March morning without a jacket or sweater, were let back into the gymnasium about 10:15 a.m. and soon returned to class.


Taking every precaution

Maryville Middle Students stand on the school’s south lawn after being evacuated Tuesday morning as a classroom and adjoining corridor began to fill with smoke. Firefighters and maintenance staff quickly isolated the problem, which may have involved an oil leak in the HVAC system. Students returned to class without incident.

Brown recognized for Red Cross service By TONY BROWN News editor

When folks are in trouble following a severe storm, fire or other calamity, Shoba Brown is there to help. From flood-ravaged North Dakota in 2009 to the battered streets of New York following Hurricane Sandy in 2012 — to right here in Nodaway County after families have found themselves in crisis after a home-destroying blaze or devastating windstorm — Brown, a longtime Red Cross volunteer, has has been on the scene offering comfort and resources in the midst of turmoil and loss. Brown, a well-known civic figure in Maryville and the widow of the late politician and educator Everett Brown, joined the Midland Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross in

2005. Since then, for nearly a decade, her willingness to serve in the wake of disaster has taken her to all over the country. After Sandy roared over much of the East Coast in the fall of 2012, Brown and fellow Red Cross volunteer Janet Crane of Hopkins climbed by themselves aboard an emergency response vehicle — an ERV in disaster response lingo — and drove more than 1,200 miles to Middletown, N.Y., where they screened evacuees and helped find shelter for people fleeing heavily damaged neighborhoods. The two women also used their specially equipped van to distribute relief supplies and transport food to field kitchens. “We just got here and hit the ground running,” Brown told the Daily Forum during a phone interview while still

at the scene of the disaster. “As soon as we arrived it was ‘do this and do that.’” And two years later, it is Brown’s ability to “do this and do that” when the chips are down that has led to her being recognized this week as an “exemplary volunteer” by the national American Red Cross in a program carried out in conjunction with the Weather Channel. According to Teresa Cobb, Red Cross volunteer specialist for the Kansas City Region, Brown was interviewed by the Weather Channel on Monday about her experiences with the historic relief organization, a conversation that is to be aired later this month. Cobb said Brown has been dispatched to 29 disasterrelated events over the past nine years — the equivalent of nearly 400 working days. See BROWN Page 5



Super responder


Local resident Shoba Brown, shown here standing at the door of an emergency response trailer, is being honored by the national office of the American Red Cross and the Weather Channel for her nine years of volunteer service to the historic relief organization. As a member of the Red Cross’ Midland Empire Chapter, Brown has responded to 29 disaster-related events, including Superstorm Sandy in New York.


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1926-2014 Esther Ruth Barnes, 88. Clyde, Missouri, died Monday, March 17, 2014 at Our Lady of Rickenbach Care Center, Clyde. Esther was born September 8, 1926 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the daughter of Robert and Mary Anna


1941-2014 Joseph Wilson Carter, Jr., 72, of Maryville, Mo., passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014 in Maryville. Joe was born on June 7, 1941, in Maryville, Mo., to Joseph Wilson Carter, Sr., and Imogene (Meek) Carter. He married Sheryl Emery on October 3, 1969, she survives of the home. He attended Quitman El-

(Larson) Lentz. She graduated High School and attended a Business College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Esther married Arthur John Douglas July 6, 1946 in Milwaukee. They later divorced and she married James Herbert Barnes on September 7, 1979 in Reno, Nevada. Mr. Barnes preceded her in death, as did her parents and sister:

Mary Florayne Larson. A daughter: Sr. Sean Douglas, OSB, Clyde, and nieces and nephews survive. Graveside Services and Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Clyde, Missouri. Arrangements: Price Funeral Home (

ementary and High School, graduating in 1959. He attended NWMSU in Maryville, and Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, graduating in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He taught high school for many years. He later drove his own over the road truck. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968, and then served 25 years with the National Guard.  Preceding him in death were his parents, Wilson Carter, Sr., and Imogene (Meek) Carter,infant brother Donnie, and brother Jim. He is survived by his wife Sheryl; four sons, Chris, Phoenix, Ariz., Jason, Burlington Junction, Mo., Timmy, Green Bay, Wisc., and Luke, Burlington Junction; 11 grandchildren; and two sisters, Joan Cartermoore and Jean Van

Pelt, both of Kansas City, Mo. Graveside services and burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the Ohio Cemetery, Burlington Junction, Mo. Military rites at the cemetery will be by the Rolla Dick American Legion Post 315, Burlington Junction, Mo., and the Missouri Military Honors Detail. Memorials are suggested to the Ministry Center, Maryville, or can be directed to the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, 206 E. South Hills Drive, Maryville, MO, 64468 to help with final expenses. Services are under the direction of the BramDanfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO. For online condolences and guest book, visit www.

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March 1 Jaylin M. Drennen, 19, St. Joseph, was arrested for Driving while intoxicated March 6 Shannon M. Lager, 32, Maryville, was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Failure to appear March 11 Donald C. Sipes, 21, Savannah, was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Failure to appear March 12 A Burlington Jct. subject reported property damage at

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his residence A Ravenwood subject reported fraudulent activity in their bank account March 13 Rebecca J. Lundblade, 39, Topeka, Kan., was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Failure to appear March 14 Blake A. Cox, 24, Oak Grove, was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Probation violation A Maryville subject reported fraudulent use of a credit/debit device

Adam J. Pollock, 43, Topeka, Kan., was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Fraudulently attempting to obtain controlled substance Jimmie W. Rogers, 22, Topeka, Kan., was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia Rebecca J. Lundblade, 39, Topeka, Kan., was arrested on a Nodaway County warrant for Fraudulently attempting to obtain controlled substance

Community Events –WEDNESDAY–

Nodaway County Senior Center, Tai Chi 5 to 6 p.m.; Bingo sponsored by Golden Living, 12:30 p.m., March 19 Dementia, Alzheimers support group, 3rd Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Presbyterian Church, Maryville. Jessica Loch, 816-261-2440. Tina Baker, Nodaway Nursing Home 660-562-2876. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th St., 6 p.m. Community Meals First United Methodist, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., 1st/Main. St. Francis Retirees will meet, 1st Wednesday, 9 a.m., Nodaway County Senior Center. Breast Cancer Support Group, noon, 2nd 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 & Foot 9 a.m.; Line dancing, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Nook Book Club, 4 p.m., Maryville Public Library, Mar. 13. Film & Lit. Club, 3:30 p.m., Maryville Public Library, Mar. 20. Diabetic Support Group second Thursday, South Hills Medical Building, Front Lobby. Nodaway County Assoc. of School Employees meeting, 1st Thursday, MarchJune, Sept.-Dec., 9 a.m.,

Nodaway County Senior Center. Optimist Club, Maryville meeting, 7 a.m., Holiday Inn Express meeting room 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, First Presbyterian Church, Maryville


Nodaway County Senior Center Pinochle tournament, 12:30 p.m., Mar. 21 Living Free Narcotics Anonymous, Countryside Christian Church, 16th & Country Club Rd. 8 a.m. Never Alone Narcotics Anonymous, Wesley Foundation, 549 W. 4th., 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 660-2544369 AA meeting, 8 p.m. weekly, Conception Abbey


Pump the Color 5K Run sponsored by North Nodaway Student Council, 9 a.m., March 29, 778-3315. Pancake Breakfast, 7 a.m.

to 1 p.m., Little Red Schoolhouse, Clearmont, April 5 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, Lietner Rm., Gregory’s Church (except July & August) Over Eaters Anonymous meets 9 a.m. weekly, St. Francis Hospitality Room, 2016 S. Main St.


Beef and Noodle Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hopkins Community Building, March 23 Mires Family Reunion, 12:30 p.m., Nodaway Senior Center, March 23 Home & Better Living Show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Maryville Community Center, Mar. 30 Fish Fry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pickering Community Building, March 30. “History of Surveying Nodaway County” 2 p.m., Nodaway County Historical Society, Mar. 30. Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 1:30 a.m., Legion Post 464, Conception Jct., April 6 Pulled pork dinner Red Cross fundraiser, Hopkins Community Building, 11 am to 1 pm, April 6 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

A Killer You Can Stop

Colon cancer can be a silent disease with no symptoms in early stages. If diagnosed early the survival rate is 90%. In Nodaway County colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer with only 4% of persons diagnosed in early stages of the disease. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY GUIDELINE STARTING AGE 50 YEARS


• At home fecal (stool) occult blood test or

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• Colonoscopy every 10 years

• Exercise 30 minutes 5 days/week

• Limit red meat in diet

Talk to your physician regarding screening options. Pick up your free fecal occult test kits at St. Francis Hospital & Health Care, Nodaway County Health Department, and area pharmacies. Ad sponsored by Nodaway County Crusade Against Cancer and Nodaway County Health Department This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number U58/DP000920 from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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MHS debaters qualify for nationals

LOCAL NEWS Maryville R-II students to stage “The Election”

By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer

Students participating in the Maryville High School drama program will present the Don Zolidis play “The Election” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the MHS gymnasium. Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $3 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, $3 for senior citizens, $4 for MHS students and $5 for the general public. The plot revolves around a special election called after an embattled student body president resigns in disgrace. Candidate Mark Davenport figures he will cruise to an easy victory over the “nerdy” Christy Martin. But when a mysterious contributor provides Martin with an unlimited campaign budget, Davenport is forced to make some tough decisions about the ethics involved in running to win. The play has been described as a hilarious and timely satire on the contemporary political scene.

Macali takes student leadership at Graceland Kyle Macali, Maryville, has been elected president of the Graceland Student Government organization at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, for the 2014-’15 school year. He will take office at the start of the fall semester. A 2011 graduate of Maryville High School, Macali, 21, is a senior at the university. He is the son of Lisa and Al Macali of Maryville. As president, Macali will lead Graceland’s student governance system in which each residence hall floor, or “house,” has its own name, symbol and colors. According to a Graceland release, the integration of student government and campus housing allows student leaders to impact the entire campus while gaining experience as community decision makers. A private liberal arts university, Graceland serves about 2,300 students and has campuses in Lamoni and Independence, Mo. Though non-sectarian, it was established by, and remains affiliated with, the Community of Christ, formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

School board hears technology report The Jefferson C-123 School Board met this week in regular session. The board listened to a staff report on classroom technology and watched a demonstration on Google Glass — a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display — and new iPads to be used by elementary students. The board also approved a cooperative high school track and baseball agreement with the South Nodaway R-IV School District. The Jefferson board will next meet at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Northwest students plan 5K walk for MS Northwest Missouri State University students will work to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis — a disabling disease of the central nervous system — during the Maryville 5K Walk MS set for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 12. The event will start at the Administration Building and follow a route across the Northwest campus. Individual walkers and teams can register at walkksg. by clicking “walk locations” and then “Walk MS: Maryville 2014.” Participants can also register at the Administration Building, beginning at 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Participation is free, but donations for MS research are encouraged. The walk is being organized by students in a Northwest public relations practicum class taught by Professor Dave Shadinger.

Two Maryville R-II High School students will be competing in National Forensics League national competition this summer in Overland Park, Kan. During the contest, set for June 15-20, senior Kendra Henggeler and junior B.J. Sudhoff will go up against students from schools of all sizes located across the United States. “I’m going in dramatic interpretation,” Sudhoff said. “Dramatic interpretation is basically where you take some piece of literature … a play or some kind of script, and you cut it down to 10 minutes and then just perform it.” “I’m going in oratory,” Henggeler said. “Oratory is basically an eight to 10 minute speech you write yourself. It’s supposed to be persuasive. You memorize it then you give it.” Both participants will be using the same pieces at nationals that they used in the qualifying competition. “My speech is called ‘The Mirror is Wrong,’” Henggeler said. “And it’s basically about that you’re more beautiful than you think you are. It’s kind of an empowered little speech.” Sudhoff’s interpretation is called “Hello Herman,” which is about a school shooting. Both students said they plan to fine-tune their selections based on criticism they received in the qualifying round. “I could change parts of it if I wanted, but I don’t think I will,” Henggeler said. “I’ll have people look at it and perform it for people that


National qualifiers

Maryville High School senior Kendra Henggeler (left) and junior B.J. Sudhoff (right) are shown with the plaques they received when they qualified for National Forensics League national competition. The championships will take place in Overland Park, Kan., in June. know what they’re looking for. I’ll fine tune mine and tweak it.” In order to qualify for the national competition, both students had to place in the top three at the Heart of America NFL event at Park Hill South at the end of February. Henggeler actually placed fourth. But the student who came in third also qualified in another category and chose to pursue that option at Overland Park. “(Sending students to nationals) doesn’t happen to Maryville very often,” speech/debate advisor Trudy Kinman said. “The last time was six years ago. … I’ve been waiting for this to happen.” Kinman has now had a total of eight students make the national competition during her time as leading the program at MHS.

Henggeler and Sudhoff will also take their entries to the state competition, since the state and national events are organized by different sanctioning organizations: the Missouri State High School Activities Association and the National Forensics League. In the past, the national competition has taken place in Las Vegas, Nev., or Dallas, Texas, but this year it will be in Overland Park, Kan. “It’s home field advantage,” Sudhoff said. “I have a ton of people that will be coming and will hang out with me. I’m excited.” Neither student has competed at this level before, and both agree that just qualifying was an honor. “Just making nationals is kind of a ‘woo’ moment,” Henggeler said. “So I think it will be fun and nerve

wracking, but just making it is kind of the best part.” The competition generally lasts 10 to 12 rounds before someone makes it to the top tier, Kinman said. Winners are broken down into the top 60, top 30, top 20, top 12 and top six. If students place in the top 12, they automatically qualify for next year’s national competition unless they graduate. “The top six are almost always guaranteed a scholarship of some kind,” Kinman said. “Either one of them, truthfully, if they work hard, have a shot. They will have a shot to be in the final 12 or six.” Sudhoff and Henggeler both hoped that the community would wish them luck and, since the competition is close, hoped that people would come watch them compete.

Signups open for MPR programs By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer

Summer is officially on the way, and Maryville Parks and Recreation has announced that the registration period is approaching for a pair of its warm-weather activity programs. MPR will offer an adult softball program this summer, which will include a women’s recreational league and three men’s leagues. The leagues will offer twelve pool play games with a single-elimination tournament to follow. Registration will be conducted from March 24 through April 11 at the

Maryville Community Center, 1407 North Country Club Road. The team fee is $410, which is due at the time of registration. There will be no individual fees this year, as that amount is included in the team fee. However, each player must register by filling out a waiver form at the Community Center. The league is tentatively scheduled to begin play the week of May 5. MPR will also offering a youth basketball program, Sizzlin’ Hoops, this summer. Boys and girls in grades three through twelve are eligible to participate. Early bird registration be-

gins Monday, March 24, starting at 8 a.m. Registration will run through April 4. The player fee during the early bird period is $35 per person. If a team registers after April 4, the regular fee of $50 per person will apply. Registration will take place at the Community Center on a walk-in basis only. Each

grade level will be limited to the first twelve teams registered. First come will be first served. Teams must be predetermined at the time of registration, and a minimum of eight players per team is required. For more information, call Maryville Parks & Recreation at (660) 562-2923.

CORRECTION Due to an editor’s mistake the name of Nodaway County South District Commissioner Robert Stiens was misspelled in an editorial published in Monday’s newspaper. The Daily Forum regrets the mistake.

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Missing the mark on wood-burning stoves

St. Joseph News-Press

A wood stove regulation proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency is generating a heated response from rural residents. Burning wood to heat a home is nothing new — it’s been going on for, oh, thousands of years. In Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, many residents prefer wood because it’s an affordable, available and reliable source of fuel. The EPA isn’t proposing to ban wood heat (good luck with that if they were) but would pass a strict regulation on stove manufacturers. “There’s not a stove in the United States that can pass the test right now — this is the death knell of any wood burning,” said Reg Kelly, who owns a stove manufacturing business in Mountain Grove, Mo. Defenders say current stoves would not be affected. Still, the EPA’s proposal is over-reaching bureaucracy at its best that would add costs to new stoves and fail to address the problem it is supposed to correct. Regulators fail to take into account wood stoves primarily are used in rural locales where air quality is a different issue than urban areas. It’s comparable to imposing regulations on septic systems because of environmental problems with a city sewer. Of greater concern is the cost burden will fall disproportionately on low-income households. The proposal does not target suburban homes that use fireplaces for ambience on winter nights, but families including elderly and children who have one source of heat to fight off the cold. The escalating price of propane fuel makes wood and alternative heating even more important. There are currently about 12 million wood stoves in operation in the United States and the number has grown in the past decade. In remote locations, wood heat could be the only option. Natural gas doesn’t serve rural areas and electric service can prove unreliable. Power outages aren’t so rare even in our cities that residents don’t know the value of a back-up heat source. Not to be overlooked are the environmental benefits — yes, benefits — of wood burning. Burning downed trees in a home stove clears up waste while cutting down on fossil fuel use. Missouri is one of the first states to respond to the wood stove rule by proposing legislation to thwart its implementation. It’s a sign this regulation hits close to home and hearth in the Midland Empire.

Fighting to keep government open Columbia Daily Tribune

Perhaps the most enduring canard regarding public governance is that good people won’t serve in office unless surrounded in secrecy; its dichotomous cousin asserts officials can only do business openly behind closed doors. By now we know the natural tendency of public officials doing public business to avoid publicity. If you notice a hopeless tangle of the “p’’ word in the above sentence, you get the picture. So, for years governments have built open meetings and records laws, and for just as many years operating officials have resisted. You can see a current version of this struggle in the list of groups — including organizations for cities, counties and other local government agencies — opposing a new law sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer that would make long-needed improvements in Missouri’s Sunshine Law. The enforcement mechanism is one of the primary faults in the current Missouri statute. After proclaiming openness as the basic requirement, the law is routinely ignored because enforcement depends on lawsuits brought by private parties against the government to prove officeholder offenders “purposefully” or “knowingly” broke the law. Schaefer’s new version would retain larger fines for “purposeful” violations but would allow small-fine application of the law without having to prove “knowing” violations. The executive director of the St. Louis Municipal League raised the usual complaint: It’s wrong to penalize volunteers on school boards and other public agencies for accidentally violating the law. But to follow this reasoning is to say any citizen can be excused from following any law out of ignorance, and the appertaining agency will typically be seen as the primary offender. The lowered fine for easier prosecution is a step forward, but the best move would be for prosecutors at state and local levels to assume responsibility. They wouldn’t even have to file lawsuits to make a huge difference if, upon receiving and examining a complaint, they would summon the alleged public official offender for an explanation of the penalties involved if the offense is not acknowledged and corrected. If routinely followed, this tactic would quickly bring the desired result. Newspapers and other media often openly accuse public officials of secrecy, but officials just as routinely ignore these charges. They might say they don’t “know” they are violating the law, but one thing they surely do “know” is they can do so with almost certain impunity. Schaefer’s law should be passed. Let us commend Schaefer for doing the right thing and urge his colleagues to agree.


Bill aims to repair Missouri’s outdated 911 infrastructure

With the emergence of better communications and the diligence of our emergency personnel such as our law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical and all of the backup services, we may assume that calling 911 will connect us to someone that will immediately respond to our need. Unfortunately, that is not always the case in many parts of our state. The 911 infrastructure in Missouri is outdated and sometimes ineffective because we are currently the only state in the nation without a wireless funding model for this essential service. Many of our call centers are using antiquated equipment and simply do not have the resources necessary to provide the kind of service that people expect when they dial 911. The primary problem stems from the fact that the current system is funded by a surcharge on landline phones. As more families have moved to cell phone service in lieu of landlines phones, the funding for 911 services has dissipated. As we look for ways to fund this service, it only makes sense to create a surcharge for cell phones. Last week a bill was approved in the House that would allow a fee of up to $1.50 for any device capable of contacting 911. To put a surcharge into effect, a county or other governing body would have to submit the proposal to the voters for ap-

proval. Ninety-nine percent of the funds generated by the surcharge would be used for 911 services with one percent going to state revenue to offset the cost of collecting the charge. We are long overdue for a solution that will stabilize a system that can mean the difference between

Mike Thomson life and death for those who call it. This legislation would help give the citizens in all parts of the state the peace of mind that their emergency calls will be answered and responded to in a timely and professional manner. Best of all, it is a change that won’t go into effect unless it receives the approval of the voters in the area that it is being used. This

legislation will now move to the Senate for further debate and perfection. Another bill that was passed in the House last week would establish a funding model for any increase in funding to our institutions of Higher Education. This bill would require that 90% of all new money appropriated each year to be allocated based on performance standards that are set up by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education. These performance standards would include such things as graduation rate, retention, placement and financial effectiveness. These standards will differ according to the type and mission of each institution. The remaining 10% would be allocated to the institutions using an allocation model that our 4 year institutions and our 2 year institutions have previously agreed to. This bill would not impact our decision on how much new money to appropriate. It simply sets up a guide for distribution and gives our institutions some accountability to the state. This bill will also move on the Senate for further discussion. If you have questions, you may reach me at my Capitol number 573-751-9465, at the local district number, 660-582-4014, by email at or by mail at Room 401B State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101


The Imperial Presidency continues President Obama has made it clear that he will regularly sidestep both Congress and the law and take action unilaterally. This is contrary to our founding fathers’ system of checks and balances.

 The President should not disregard laws that are inconvenient for him, or rewrite them via executive order to suit his own preferences. This playbook of imperial rule is evident in numerous examples, from the record pace of federal regulations issued by the executive branch to the multitude of changes the president has made to the healthcare law without congressional authorization.

 These concerns are not just a partisan invention. Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor from George Washington University and political supporter of the President, criticized him in a Los

Angeles Times op-ed recently titled “The President’s Powergrab.”

 The Constitution is clear: Congress

Sam Graves

writes the laws, and the President is to faithfully uphold the laws that are in place, whether signed by the current President or a predecessor. No shortterm political agenda is worth allowing the erosion of the constitutional roles of the President, Congress, and the Judiciary.

 This approach to government is unacceptable, and for that reason I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the Faithful Execution of the Law Act (H.R. 3973) and the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law, or theENFORCE the Law Act (H.R. 4138) last week. These bills send a strong message to the president that duly passed laws by the United States Congress—representatives of the people—shall be faithfully executed.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Difference Maker

Bigs help Littles believe in themselves By KEVIN BIRDSELL Staff writer

The Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization is a national organization that pairs children with a mentor adult to help them improve their lives. “Each time BBBS pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential,” Lynette Harbin, director of the Maryville chapter of BBBS, said. “Our matches do a variety of things together like playing sports, going for walks, seeing a movie or eating out.” While they do many activities together, that’s not the most important part of BBBS, Harbin said. “It’s the fact that they

have a caring adult in their lives,” Harbin said. “Because they have someone to confide in and to look up to, they are, in turn, doing better in school and at home. And at a time in their lives when even small choices can change the course of their future, we find they are also avoiding violence and substance abuse.” Editors Note: Maryville Daily Forum staff writer Kevin Birdsell had a chance to sit down with local Big DeAndre Thomas to discuss the organization and his activities with his Little. Question: How long have you been involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters? Thomas: It’s been around six months. We started right around the beginning of the school year, so I’d say right around six months. Question: What are the

benefits for the children joining BBBS? Thomas: I feel like they get a role model. They get someone to look up to and someone to kind of teach them right from wrong. And they get a friend out of it, which always helps. Question: What’s your favorite activity to do with your Little? Thomas: Probably play basketball. Or, anything with dinosaurs. He likes watching Jurassic Park. That’s his thing. Question: What positive change have you seen in your Little? Thomas: He seems like a happier kid. At first, he wasn’t really comfortable, so he seems like he’s gotten used to me and knows me. He wanted me at his birthday party and a lot of little things like that. We’ve got a

pretty good relationship. Question:What concerns, if any, did you have coming into the organization? Thomas: Not really concerns. I was just hoping I would be paired with a kid that was responsive and that wanted to do stuff and Kenton (8) is. I’m happy about that. Question: How much time do you spend with your Little? Thomas:Probably two and a half to three hours a week. Usually Wednesdays or Thursdays. Question: What’s your favorite part about being a Big? Thomas: Just that I get to make a difference. I didn’t have a father growing up so I wanted to be sure I could be a positive male influence in someone’s life. It really is making a difference.

Brown recognized by Red Cross

When working in the field, Brown said she is constantly impressed by the resilience of the people she has been sent to help, many of whom have lost everything but their lives. “I get so much back,” she said, “and it seems like there is always someone that says, ‘Today may be bad, but tomorrow will be better.’ There is so much hope in them. It makes you

realize that we really are our brother’s keeper.” Said Cobb: “Shoba is just a very caring and compassionate person. She cares for the least of all of us, and that is a huge deal. We could not do what we do without people like Shoba.” According to news reports included as part of the nomination packet submitted to the Red Cross national headquarters, Brown was described as someone who takes pride in putting others at their ease in stressful situations. For example, she always makes an effort to show kindness and consideration to utility workers who often hear nothing but angry complaints from people desper-

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“And of course that doesn’t include everything,” said Cobb, who added that Brown is one of the Midland Empire Chapter’s go-to folks when something needs to be done, though she often doesn’t claim credit for the time she puts in. For example, Brown was one of the key Red Cross organizers of Missouri Hope, a tornado-related disaster simulation at Mozingo Lake undertaken last year by crisis management students at Northwest Missouri State University. “I guess I do it for a lot of reasons,” Brown said Tuesday of her Red Cross

work. “Initially it helped me a lot — it still does. I get as much out of it as I put into it, a sense of self-worth that I’m doing something worthwhile. When you make a difference in someone’s life, it’s worth all the time you put into it.”

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DeAndre Thomas shows with his “little” Kenton after a Northwest Missouri State University football game last fall. Thomas plays defensive back for the Bearcat football team.

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Perfect the Art of Grilling Juicy, Tender Pork Chops

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A recent survey by the Heart, Patio and Barbecue Association found that seven out of 10 home grillers consider themselves to be “better than average” at grilling. With warmer weather on the horizon, there’s no better time to put your skills to the test and perfect the art of pork chops on the grill. An incredibly flavorful, juicy and tender choice, pork chops - with cuts like Porterhouse, Ribeye and New York - are perfect for casual backyard entertaining and easy family dinners alike. Tips for Tender Chops Mastering grilled pork chops is easy no matter your skill on the grill. It’s all about selecting the right recipe, preparing the grill correctly and grilling your pork chops like a steak using a digital thermometer to ensure the proper range of doneness - between 145° F (medium rare), followed by a three-minute rest and 160° F (medium). To prep your grill:

* Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all gas burners on medium-hot heat * Place pork directly above the heat source * Follow suggested cooking times - 3/4 inch chops should be cooked for 8-9 minutes and 1 1/2 inch chops for 12-16 minutes -turning once during cooking For a deliciously sweet and spicy recipe like Sweet Fire Pork Chops, seasoned with hot chipotle chile, zesty orange, garlic and sweet honey - choose 3/4-inch Porterhouse (bone-in loin) chops to create your new favorite masterpiece. For a complete meal, serve them with a side of mashed sweet potatoes and sauteed green beans. Visit to learn about ways you can win with pork and to find more inspiring recipes that will keep your grill hot all summer long. “Sweet Fire” Porterhouse Pork Chops Servings: 4

Ingredients 4 Porterhouse (bone-in loin) pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt Grated zest of 1 large orange 2 teaspoons garlic, minced 1/3 cup honey Cooking Directions In a small bowl, stir oil, ground chipotle, salt, orange zest and garlic together into a paste. Using a rubber spatula, spread chipotle mixture over both sides of pork. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes. Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill. Place chops on grill and close lid. Grill over direct heat, turning once, about 4-5 minutes per side, until the internal temperature of the pork on a meat thermometer measures between 145° F (medium rare) and 160° F (medium). During the last 2 minutes, brush chops on both sides with honey. Remove from grill and let rest for 3 minutes.


Brussels Sprouts: The Most-Hated Vegetable in America According to a 2008 research study by Heinz, Brussels sprouts are the most-hated vegetable in America. Your Hy-Vee dietitians would tend to disagree! Not only are Brussels sprouts one of the most powerful foods in fighting disease and providing nutrients, but they are one of the tastiest vegetables available. According to Forbes magazine, Brussels are making a comeback as one of the Top 10 Food Trends for 2014 and for good reason. They are packed with nearly all your daily needs for vitamin K, which is essential for blood clothing and bone health. They are a member of the cruciferous vegetable family and contain cancer-protecting compounds and glucosinolates, which stimulate the body’s natural detoxification system. As a matter of fact, their total glucosinolate content has been shown to be greater than the amount found in mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and broccoli. Brussels are also an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain a healthy immune system, and they contain lutein and zeaxathin, two nutrients important for healthy vision. Chefs and culinary experts will agree that Brussels sprouts are a

fun vegetable to experiment with in the kitchen because they are extremely versatile. Try them ovenroasted, steamed, sautéed, candied, boiled, grilled or raw. Even the frozen varieties are delicious! If you’re looking to try Brussels sprouts and want a quick preparation method, we suggest roasting them. Roasting is a terrific way to prepare vegetables. It’s easy, quick and improves flavor. All vegetables have a small amount of naturally occurring sugar; roasting at high temperature caramelizes those sugars and causes chemical reactions that reduce bitter flavors. If you over-cook some vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, the sulfur compounds (which taste bitter) go through another chemical reaction which causes even more bitter compounds and stinky flavors. Try our Caramelized Brussels Sprouts or Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipes below! Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Serves 4 All you need: • 12-14 large Brussels sprouts • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • pinch sea salt • 2 tsp brown sugar

• 1/4 cup roughly chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted • Optional: fresh orange juice, minced fresh ginger All you do: 1. Slice each Brussels sprout very thinly until you have a mound of feathery Brussels sprout ribbons. 2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high in a large skillet and sauté the garlic for 30 seconds. 3. Add the Brussels sprouts and continue sautéing for another 4-5 minutes, until bright green and tender. 4. Add sea salt and brown sugar and toss together. Finish by adding toasted nuts. Optional: squeeze a few tablespoons of fresh orange juice over dish or add some minced fresh ginger for some extra heat. 5. Serve and enjoy! Roasted Brussels Sprouts Serves 4

All you need: • 1 red onion, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces • 6 cups rinsed, drained, halved Brussels sprouts, rinsed, drained and halved • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces (about 2

cups) • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 3 tablespoons Gourmet Garden Mediterranean Herb Blend (or 2 minced garlic cloves + 2 ½ tablespoons fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley, oregano) • ½ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon pepper • 3 tablespoons dry vermouth or dry white wine • 6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze, such as Colavita Balsamic Glace All you do: 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line two large roasting pans with aluminum foil; spray with nonstick spray. 2. In a large bowl, toss the onion, Brussels sprouts and carrots with olive oil, herbs, salt and pepper. Mix well. Divide between pans and spread in an even layer so vegetables are not crowded together (they need space for air to circulate and for caramelization to occur). 3. Sprinkle with the vermouth or dry white wine. Place in oven and roast the vegetables for 12 minutes. Sprinkle each pan with half the Parmesan and toss gently.

Deanna Bottorff Continue roasting until vegetables are well browned, and just forktender, about 5-8 minutes longer. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Serve. *To substitute frozen Brussels sprouts: Microwave 3 (16-ounce) packages frozen Brussels sprouts in a microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap. Microwave for 3 minutes on power 6; toss to redistribute. Cover and return to microwave; cook for another 2-3 minutes on power 6 or until thawed. Cut in half and proceed with step 2 in recipe. The information is not intended as medical advice.   Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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Cats eliminated in Sweet 16 By CHRIS SCHOONOVER Special to the Daily Forum

With one game standing between an Elite Eight appearance and going home, Northwest fell one shot, one point and one injury away from moving on in the big dance. Trailing 60-59 in overtime, senior guard DeShaun Cooper released a half-court prayer that bounced off the back of the rim, and Central Missouri left Mankato, Minn. as the Central Region champions. “I thought it was cash,” Cooper said. “I thought it was pretty good, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.” At the 15:47 mark in the first half, Northwest forward Dillon Starzl had his shot blocked by Central Missouri center Dillon Deck that resulted in a jump ball. Starzl fell to floor and had to be helped off the court and missed the rest of the game. “We’ve got pretty tough kids, and him going out, I don’t think it was so much his playing (that we missed),” head coach Ben McCollum said. “... The big thing was that I think our guys were worried about him for about a five-minute stretch and concerned for his well being instead of concerned about themselves.” After the injury, Central went on a 6-0 run to go up 11-7 with 11:29 to go in the half, but threes from Cooper and senior guard Bryston Williams with two minutes left in half gave Northwest a 26-22 lead at the break. Trailing by four to start the second half, Central came out firing and put together a 10-3 run, but the Bearcats closed the gap with timely shooting. With 1:41 remaining in the contest, Cooper pulled up from 15-feet and drilled the

jumper to give Northwest a 46-45 lead. After Central guard Daylen Robinson missed the ensuing jump shot, Crooker’s pass into the post was picked off, and Crooker fouled the region’s Most Outstanding Player, forward Charles Hammork. Hammork missed the back end of the two free throws, giving Northwest a chance at the win with scored tied at 46. With 14 seconds left on the clock, Cooper drove into the paint and found a wide-open Williams in the corner. “It looked so money, and (Williams) never misses big shots, ever,” McCollum said. “He’s a big-shot maker and shooter. I thought for sure it was good.” In overtime, Central found an offensive flow that had been missing and went up 5955 with 28 seconds remaining. After a pair of made free throws from Cooper and pair of missed free throws from Robinson, the MIAA Player of the Year came up short on a game-winning three-point attempt. But in a bizarre turn of events, Robinson threw the ball in the air in an act of celebration after being fouled and was assessed a technical foul. Williams hit the two technical shots but Robinson hit the back end of his two free throws, giving Central a one-point lead. Cooper, who was named to the All-Tournament team, finished with a game-high 24 points and six rebounds. Tuesday night’s contest was the last for seniors Williams, Cooper, Starzl, Funk and forward Kyle Schlake who will leave Northwest with two MIAA titles along with the revival of a program. “These guys made (the program) better and it will be better next year because of them,” McCollum said.

Fade-away floater


Northwest senior point guard DeShaun Cooper floated a shot over a defender during the MIAA Tournament. Cooper scored a game-high 24 points in Northwest’s 60-59 overtime loss to Central Missouri in Tuesday night’s Central Regional Title game in Mankato, Minn.


North-West Nodaway track co-op brings excitement By STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer

Editor’s note: The Daily Forum will be previewing every high school team in Nodaway County as the spring sports season approaches. This is another installment of a series that will be published over the course of the next several weeks. North Nodaway and West Nodaway high schools have entered into a co-op agreement in track, and both coaches and athletes are excited about the possibilities made possible by this arrangement. “It’s exciting to see these two great groups of kids work together to be successful as one,” coach Roger Johnson said. “They are doing a good job of dedicating themselves to individual improvement every day and have worked hard in our early season workouts.” Returning letter winners include Erin Greeley, Cambry Schluter, Alyssa Lyle, Breann O’Riley, Wyatt Tate, Ben Hart, Trevor Meyer, Josh McGinness, Jakob Cordell,

Levi Livengood, Blake Farnan, Zack Harris, Clay Mitchell, Emily Cordell, Melody McGinness and Andrea Muller. On the boys’ side, Meyer was a state qualifier in the long jump last season, while on the girls side, Cordell medaled at state in the 400-meter dash and qualified in the 4x400-meter relay. Lyle medaled at state in the high jump and McGinness qualified in the 4x400 relay. Johnson and fellow head coach Jaclyn Smail, who will be assisted by Scott Reeves, Tim Conn and Alan Calfee, see the co-op arrangement as a positive development. “As we enter the first year of this new coop in track, it is exciting to see several new faces besides the returning letter winners, who see the potential for success,” Johnson said. “We hope to send as many relay teams and individuals to sectionals and state as possible this season. “We also hope as North-West Nodaway to compete at a higher level in team scoring results at meets.”

North-West Nodaway track

The 2014 North-West Nodaway track team roster includes: front row, from left —Cambry Schluter, Melody McGinness, Erin Greeley, Emily Cordell, Alyssa Lyle, Hailey Hull, Wyatt Tate and Ben Hart; second — Paige Hagey, Andrea Muller, Breann O’Riley, Madison Thompson, Dakota Smyser, Ricky Hendricks, Dakota Chesnut, Garrett Torres and Trevor Brown; third — Trevor Meyer, Blake Farnan, Jaden Gillenwater, Savannah Dilley, Shelby King and Ty Cowan.

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Woods pulls out of Bay Hill By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer

Sling it home


Northwest freshman pitcher Nikko Pablo hurls a pitch toward home plate during his scoreless eighth inning Tuesday afternoon. The Bearcats came back to beat William Jewell 4-3 at Bearcat Field on the strength of junior catcher Blake Hardegree’s first collegiate homer.

Cats back on winning track By JASON LAWRENCE Sports editor

The Bearcats got back to the process during the latter half of their non-conference matchup Tuesday afternoon with William Jewell and it paid off to the tune of a 4-3 victory. “They all count and we don’t talk about wins and losses much, it’s just about the process and I think we got back to playing good baseball again and that’ll carry us a long way,” Northwest head coach Darrin Loe said. The Northwest baseball team was riding a seven-game winning streak prior to last weekend’s three-game sweep by Southwest Baptist and early on in Tuesday’s contest, the Bearcats looked as though they had yet to shake off those losses. William Jewell pitcher Chris Mancha completely controlled the first two innings, not giving up a single hit. “That was a pretty good arm they threw at us,” Loe said. “He had good stuff, had good velocity. I think we had a little hangover from the SBU weekend. I think we were questioning ourselves a little bit, waiting for the next bad thing to happen. Fortunately, I thought in the last four innings we got that belief and trust back in ourselves and that was good to see.” The Cardinals only had one hit to that point as well, but in the top of the third, Jewell second baseman Bryan Renzin hit a three-run homerun off of junior pitcher Kole Klocko over the left field fence. Northwest answered in the bottom half of the inning, as junior first baseman Steve

Garber led off with a single. He was thrown out at second, but junior catcher Blake Hardegree reached first base on a single. With two outs, senior shortstop Brandon Huske doubled to center field to score Hardegree. The bats were quiet again for the next three and one-half innings with the teams combining for just three hits, including a double from Hardegree in the fifth. In the seventh, the Bearcats got to Mancha again, running him from the game after back-to-back singles from freshman third baseman Zack Ferreira and senior right fielder Jon Pomatto. Garber sacrifice bunted the runners to second and third, bringing Hardegree up again. Hardegree, who went 3-for-3 on the day, immediately gave Northwest the 4-3 lead, hitting his first collegiate homerun over the left field wall. “In that situation when you’re the home team, you’re just hoping for the tie and we’ll win it in the eighth or the ninth and that was just a huge at-bat by him,” Loe said. Pomatto came in from right field to pick up his second save of the year and give sophomore Andrew Trout his first win of the season, after he pitched three innings, struck out four batters and allowed just one hit. Freshmen pitchers Taylor Bruch and Nikko Pablo each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the ball to Pomatto. Northwest (12-8) is back on the road this weekend, taking on MIAA foe Fort Hays State in a four-game series. The first game will be played at 5 p.m. Friday with a double-header beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday and the finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf’s No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away. And that’s if Woods can even play in the Masters. “I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won’t be able to play in his tournament this year,” Woods said. “I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven’t subsided.” Woods had to withdraw after 13 holes of the final round at the Honda Classic three weeks ago because of what he called back spasms and pain in his lower back. He tried to defend his title the following week at Doral, only for his back to flare up again in the final round. He closed with a 78, the highest Sunday score of his PGA Tour career and the first final round without a birdie. After a week of rest and treatment, he didn’t feel fit to play Bay Hill, where he is an eight-time winner, including the past two years. “I am certainly sorry that Tiger is not able to play,” Palmer said. “Quite obviously, we will miss having him here this week. He called me to tell me that his back was still giving him a lot of trouble and he didn’t feel he should play. I told him I understood and wished him well.” This is only the second time that Woods has not played Bay Hill. He also missed in 2010 when he sat out more than four months during the scandal in his personal life. The Masters, which is April 10-13, is the only major Woods has never missed. “It’s too early to know about the Masters, and I will continue to be evaluable and work closely with my doctors,” Woods said. “I feel badly that I won’t be able to play in this great tournament this week.” Woods first showed signs of back pain at Bethpage Black at The Barclays in 2012, which he attributed to a soft bed at his hotel. He felt twinges during the final round of the PGA Championship last year, and when

his back bothered him in the final round of The Barclays two weeks later, he said it was unrelated. This has been the longest sustained problem with the lower back. “A bad back is no joke,” Woods said. Woods is off to the worst start of his 18 years on tour. At Torrey Pines, where his eight victories included a U.S. Open, Woods shot his highest score on American soil with a 79 to miss the 54-hole cut. He tied for 41st in the Dubai Desert Classic a week later for his worst finish in that event. Woods said he spent his offseason working on his body and didn’t spend enough time on his game, so it was troubling for him to then deal with yet another injury. He shot a 65 in the third round of the Honda Classic before having what he described as back spasms similar to The Barclays last year. At Doral, he was only three shots out of the lead going into the final round and in the penultimate group when he said an awkward stance while playing out of a bunker on the sixth fairway of the Blue Monster caused his back to start hurting again. “That’s what set it off and then it was done after that,” Woods said. “Just see if I could actually manage ... keep the spasms at bay.” Woods had said at the start of the Florida swing that he was taking a look at his schedule leading up to the Masters, though he never made it clear if he intended to add another tournament. He has never played the week before any major except for the PGA Championship. In 2010, after revelations of extramarital affairs, Woods had gone 145 days without hitting a meaningful shot when he arrived at Augusta National. He opened with a 68, his lowest first-round score ever at the Masters, and wound up in a tie for fourth. Swing coach Sean Foley said he would not read too much into how Woods can prepare for the Masters if he can play. “I’ve been coaching on tour long enough now to know that Tuesday doesn’t affect Wednesday. There’s no rhyme or reason to performance,” Foley said. “Tiger is always about the majors and he’s solely about the majors now. He’s got to do the right thing. He’s just doing the right due diligence about it.”

Sanders fiasco ‘put to bed’ By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Tuesday the controversial signing of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders by AFC Westrival Denver has been “put to bed” and that he’s focused on what he can do during the rest of free agency and the draft. Sanders visited the Chiefs last week and reports began to surface he had agreed to a contract. His agent, Steve Weinberg, said that was never the case, and that reports citing unnamed sources that claimed he was “shopping” the Chiefs’ offer to other teams were inaccurate. Sanders ultimately signed an $18 million, three-year deal with Denver, and the Chiefs’ lengthy and frustrating pursuit of a wide receiver to help out quarterback Alex Smith rolls on. “During the free agency stuff, anything can happen,” Dorsey said in his first availability since the start of the open market. “I was interested in the player, and the end of the day the player and agent decided to go to Denver. ... That deal was put to bed.” Well, it was almost put to bed. Weinberg’s publicist issued a press release in which the agent offered his interpretation of the negotiations. The release also alleges someone from the Chiefs sent the agent “a series of angry and threatening text messages” under the assumption that he was shopping their deal. The collective bargaining agreement states parties are supposed to negotiate in “good faith.” “If we reached or agreed to terms with the Chiefs, we would have signed with Kansas City and never turned back,” Wein-

berg said. “There were absolutely no handshakes, verbal agreements or signed documents when Sanders left the Chiefs facility. Emmanuel was on his way to the airport when teams called us. We didn’t ‘shop any deals’ or ‘reach out’ to a single team. My fiduciary responsibility is to the players I represent and not to the NFL teams or their ‘good ole boys’ tactics.” Dorsey refused Tuesday to say whether he thought the Chiefs had an agreement with Sanders and it appears the franchise won’t take the rare step of filing a grievance. “When we do negotiations, I don’t really talk about negotiations outside the building,” Dorsey said. “That’s really it. We move on. That’s what we’ve done. I’ve moved on.” Just where the Chiefs have moved on to is the question. They have been quiet in free agency in large part because they have little room under the salary cap. They’ve signed defensive tackle Vance Walker and depth players such as Frank Zombo and Jeff Linkenbach, but have yet to address the most glaring holes: wide receiver and safety. They now have less than $5 million under the salary cap and much of that will go toward signing draft picks. And if they’re hopeful of filling their holes through the draft, they also are faced with having just one selection in the first 86 picks. “I think we’re in a good position right now. We have some flexibility to do some things if we want to, some flexibility to acquire players. We’re in a good place,” Dorsey said. “I’ve said all along we’re going to be selective in free agency and we’re going to build through the draft. That’s what we’re doing.”

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Northwest senior Alexis Bartek returns a serve during her No. 2 singles match against Missouri Western Tuesday afternoon at Frank Grube Courts on Northwest’s campus. Results were unavailable as of press time.

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Daily Forum pays tribute to local war efforts EDITOR’S NOTE: Maryville resident Ed Hurayt, an enthusiastic collector of guns, military gear and other artifacts, recently purchased a box of old newspapers at auction — including a stack of decades-old editions of the Maryville Daily Forum. Ed was

kind enough to donate the papers to the current MDF, and we thought our readers might enjoy reading some of the stories from these yellowing pages that offer glimpses into Maryville’s past. The Forum will run selections from the papers each week along with

an image of the front page. Saturday, Oct. 20, 1945 WWII: Winning on the home front The Nodaway County Civilian Defense Council went out of existence on June 30, 1945, after its three and a half years’ service in organizing blood donors, first aid, nurses’ aides, air raid wardens, auxiliary police, auxiliary firemen, block leaders, special volunteers, home nursing, nutrition and OPA panels for the home front job. The council was organized January 12, 1942, with J.H. Carson as chairman. He was later succeeded by E.W. Gray, who presided at the last meeting. The ten original members of the defense council were: M.J. Hull, Raymond Vadnais, James Newton, J. Dorr Ewing, E.H. Kleinpell, Harry Blanchard and J.H. Carson, all of Maryville; E.R. White of Hopkins; Roxie Wilson of Skidmore; and Stanley Ferguson of Conception Junction. … A first aid defense class for tradespeople and three first aid classes at the State Teachers College, instructed by E.A. Davis, STC chairman of the physical education department, were the first to get under way. They began the week after registration. By February 7, eight first aid classes and instructions for auxiliary police, auxiliary firemen and nurses’ aides had been established. Mrs. Charles R. Gaugh was appointed chairman of the emergency housing and feeding committee, and E.W. Gray headed the air raid warden service. … During July 1942 auxiliary firefighters from various towns in the county took a series of instructions under James Newton, Maryville fire chief. Air raid warden stations were set up in Maryville and other towns and Boy Scouts and high school youths trained as messengers in August 1942. The Maryville city council passed an ordinance delegating police authority to those enforcing blackouts on December 12, 1942, and on the same day Governor Forrest C. Donnell pledged Missouri’s participation in a nine-state blackout on December 14. ‘Kixes’ win kickball championship “What’s your rush? Going to a fire?” yelled a hall tourist to a biped speed demon in the lower hall. “Nope. Just down to the gym to watch a group of fancy hoofers give out in the finals of the kickball tournament,” came the quick reply. After two weeks of hard playing and teamwork, the inning teams in the girls’ activity were brought together for a championship tilt. The “Kixes,” captained by Jane Bovard, took the honors with Virginia Muller’s squad running them a close second. Student council news During the Monday council meeting Dick Espey read the new charters and it was voted on to submit them to the clubs immediately.

President Jim Spainhower asked for the juniors to set the date for the Junior and Senior prom in order that other special events may de dated. Rev. Fr. Isidore talks at chapel “Our country is the most glorious and grand nation in the world, it will remain so as long as we hold dearly to those words on the back of our coins, “I(n) (G)od We Trust,” stated the Rev. Father Isidore Diebold, pastor of St. Marcy’s church, to the students at MHS at the regular Chapel service Monday. Fr. Isidore told the students the story of Christianity. He put special emphasis on the persecution Christians had to endure in order that people today might enjoy the privilege of giving public thanks to God for pleasures enjoyed. “Even today,” affirmed the speaker, “Roman Catholic priests must remove their collars, symboli(c)al of their religion, to travel unharmed into some parts of Mexico. Despite this fact, ever-enduring Christianity lives on and will continue to spread until the end of time, if not in one place, then in another.” Teachers gather at district meeting During the district teachers meeting which was held at the college October 10 and 11, the Maryville teachers helped to promote the general welfare as well as to contribute some individual work. A memorial address was given by Supt. F.L. Skaith honoring the district teachers who had died during the past year. Miss Mary Frances Lasell served as chairman of the district speech teachers. Miss Lasell reported that the speech teachers will work with the English section in an attempt to secure funds to bring a speech specialist to the meeting of ’46. The teachers of both E.F.S. and M.H.S. took turns in serving on the hostess committee during the entire convention. Mrs. John Sewell and Mrs. M.J. Gile served on the housing committee. Teachers from M.H.S. who accepted offices for the coming year are Mr. C.A. Bristow, chairman of the district high school division, and Mrs. Otis Wagner, vice-chairman of the commercial teachers. Spoofer women get new toppers The great moral(e) builder for women being a new hat, the Spooferettes, sponsored by Miss Laura Hawkins, decided at their last conflab to pep up their morale by ordering hats. The chosen bonnets will be green and white with perky bills. A discussion under the leadership of President Virginia Wilmes was held as to when and what to yell at ball games. Helen Goodspeed, Mary Felton, Mary Ruth Tebow, Wanda Livengood, and Winnie Murphy were appointed to make plans for the initiation of new Spooferettes.

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ASTRO-GRAPH WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 by Bernice Bede Osol This will be a year of growth and creativity. You will find innovative ways to display your talents. Although there are some who will try to influence you to take a different path, believing in yourself and your abilities will be the key element to your success. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- You’ll face discord at home if you aren’t mindful of others. Now is not the time to make changes to your living space. An old debt will be settled in your favor. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You may be feeling emotionally down. If you take part in a cause you believe in, you will make new friends and infuse some life into your current situation. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Stay in touch with people who have something to offer you. Refuse to become involved in questionable activities. Someone may be trying to take advantage of your trusting nature. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Don’t be lured into sharing your personal information. You will be sorry if you reveal too much to someone unreliable. Surround yourself with positive people who value your worth. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- Don’t let worry and self-doubt get to you. Connecting with friends or becoming involved with a public-spirited organization will provide you with some positive energy. Forward thinking will pay off. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Consider making a lifestyle change. Base your




Run from no-trump with a long suit

Each row, column and set of 3-by-3 boxes must contain the numbers 1 through 9 without repetition.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman statesman and orator who died in 43 B.C., said, “Orators are most vehement when their cause is weak.” I often feel that way

actions on the way you feel and the goals you have set. Trying to impress others with your new behavior will backfire. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -- You may be drawn into a troublesome situation. Pay attention to your gut feelings, and put an end to a questionable partnership. Your reputation could be at stake. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Dealing with your peers or family members will be problematic today. Stay away from trivial disagreements. Your time will be better spent participating in worthwhile pursuits. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- New opportunities will allow you to use your talents and skills more diversely. Make decisions based on your needs, not on what someone else wants. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- A personal situation needs to be resolved before you can move ahead. Do a detailed analysis of your financial status and consider what options will be most lucrative. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -Be aware of the opportunities that surround you. An unusual offer has the potential to turn into a profitable endeavor. Keep an open mind and share your thoughts. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -Your money matters need a critical evaluation. Get together with your financial adviser and determine how you can increase your savings. It may be necessary to make changes to your lifestyle.

about playwrights who include lots of shouting -they could not think of anything worthwhile to write. This week we are looking at bidding with weak hands -- for example, the gorgeous two-count held by North. After partner opens one no-trump, he must not pass, but must convert the contract to two spades, here via a transfer bid. His hand might be useless in no-trump, but will be worth three or four trump tricks in spades. After West leads the heart king, how should South plan the play? Note that North’s having to use a transfer, rather than a natural, drop-dead two-spade response, has the disadvantage of giving the opponents two chances to enter the auction; but it does allow the strong hand to become the declarer. If East-West do enter the auction and reach three diamonds, a club lead is fatal. The defenders can take one heart, three diamonds,

one club and a club ruff by North. South has six losers: three spades, two hearts and one club. However, he can eliminate one loser by winning with the heart ace and cashing his three diamond tricks, starting with dummy’s queen (the honor from the shorter side first). On the third diamond, declarer discards a heart from the board. Then, with his loser count down to five, he leads a trump and keeps playing trumps every time he is back on lead.

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Fine art is focus of Jeff Foster’s photography BY STEVE HARTMAN Staff writer

Maryville artist Jeff Foster has always been looking out for ways to express his creativity, and thanks to technology it appears he has found that outlet in fine art photography. “I started playing drums at the age of eight,” Foster said. “Then, as I got older, I wrote a lot of poetry as a way to express feelings and emotions.” But these avenues left Foster still in search of a way to represent such concepts to the human eye. “I always wanted a way to take something invisible, like an emotion, and make a picture that could be seen,” Foster said. “But I can’t draw.” In 2000, everything changed for Foster, as he became interested in a genre commonly known as art photography, which frequent-

ly takes advantage of computer programs capable of manipulating images in a virtually limitless number of ways. “All of a sudden, I had a way to produce the images I had in my head to paper,” Foster said. “Then others could have the opportunity to see the images I was seeing in my mind.” Foster, who is self-taught, said he’s spent many hours studying the works of art photography masters in order to get a feel for the way they transform photographs into images that convey abstract concepts. “I love taking what is not obvious to the human eye and making it obvious,” Foster said. “Sometimes, I wish I had formal art training, but I also like the fact that, being self-taught, I don’t have any restrictions on my work. “I always ask myself one question when I create art — would I


A work of art

This computer-manipulated image of a tricycle is one of the photographs by Maryville artist Jeff Foster currently on display at the South Branch Public Library in Kansas City, Kan. display it in my own home?” Art photography and digital painting are sometimes considered “outsider art” by the professional and academic art community, and Foster says that can make his work both readily accepted and readily rejected. “I learned early on that rejection


On display

Maryville artist Jeff Foster displays two pieces of his original photography. Foster, who is self-taught, has been involved in fine art photography since 2000, and currently has an exhibit on display at the Kansas City (Kan.) South Branch Public Library.

is just part of the process,” he said. “Not everyone is going to like what you do.” Foster added that there are indications the traditional art world is becoming more accepting of artists who create images using digital technology. “I do see the art world becoming more accepting of outsider art,” Foster said. “Technology has opened up so many new doors as far as ways for an artist to express himself and create art.” Many of Foster’s pieces are assembled using photographic images of old buildings, and he said such works have proven commercially successful. But he’s careful not to become stuck in one specific genre. “I’m constantly looking for new challenges,” Foster said. “I’m doing more and more with digital painting.” Foster currently has an exhibit, his second, on display at the Kansas City (Kan.) South Branch Public Library. “Unfortunately, Maryville doesn’t offer many opportunities to display my work,” Foster said. “I’ve exhibited in St. Joseph quite a bit, and now I’m getting more opportunities to exhibit in Kansas City.” Like all artists, Foster wants to become more successful commercially. However, he has found that he can’t create art with money as the primary goal. “I can’t create a piece of art with the primary goal being to sell it,” Foster said. “For me, the process just doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned to stay true and create what inspires and motivates me.

“I get very excited when a complete stranger buys a piece of my art, because when they’re inspired and moved enough to purchase the piece, you know they understand and share your vision. “I’ve also learned that presentation makes a difference to potential customers, so I try to compliment my art with various framing and matting techniques.” While art is a labor of love for Foster, the course of that love doesn’t always run smoothly when he tackles new pieces.

‘Sometimes, I wish I had formal art training, but I also like the fact that, being selftaught, I don’t have any restrictions on my work.’

— Jeff Foster

“I’ve learned to love and embrace the creative challenge,” Foster said. “My wife will ask me, ‘If this is something you love, why do you get so frustrated at times,’ and I tell her it’s just part of the process.” Foster is using social media and the web in an attempt to broaden his audience. To learn more about his work, go to The South Branch Library is located at 3104 Strong Avenue, Kansas City, Kan. Foster’s fine art photos will be on display there until April 28.

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