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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Billy & Wanda Schmidt Callao, MO ARE YOU ENJOYING THE MACON HOME PRESS? If you don’t have your subscription to Macon Home Press you can use the $5 off coupon for February. Subscriptions are $35 a year. Mail to: Macon Home Press, PO Box 65, Bevier, MO 63532 or email kathy@maconhomepress.com. Don’t have a subscription? You can purchase your paper at these locations: Ricks Tire & Service, Bevier; Ugo’s Bait House, Bevier; City Office, Callao; 36 & 3 One Stop, Callao; Millers Rexall, Macon. If your business would like to be one of our drop locations please call (660)3468808 or email kathy@maconhomepress.com.

BEVIER STUDENT OF THE WEEK VALLE WILSON

VALLE WILSON Name: Valle Wilson Grade: 12th Parents: Dean and Sonya Wilson Favorite Subject: Biology Extra-Curricular: Varsity Softball and Basketball. President of Art Club, Member of National Honor Society and Student Council Future Plans: After graduation, Valle plans to go to Europe to see family and in August attend college in Japan.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE Absentee ballots are available at the Macon County Clerk’s office for the April 3, General Municipal Election. To request a ballot, please apply in person or mail a written request to the clerk’s office located at 101 East Washington St. Ste B, Macon, MO 63552, or fax a written request to 660385-7203. Include the name of the person applying, the address to mail the ballot, reason voting absentee, and signature. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The last day ballots may be voted in the office is April 2 at 5 p.m. and the last day ballots may be mailed from the office is March 28 at 5 p.m. Deadline to register to vote in the April 3 General Municipal Election is March 7. Contact the office at 660385-2047 for information.

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Three year old Michael Paul Johnson, Jr built his snowman in the afternoon of February 13, 2012 in his Mimi and Papa’s yard in Cairo, Mo. Michael Paul is son of Michael, Sr and grandson of Richard and Terri Johnson.

A Sweet Tradition For Valentine’s Day This past Saturday Feb. 11, 2012 members of the Bucklin Civic Club gathered at the Bucklin Christian Church and prepared thirty Valentine plates of fruits and goodies. Plates were then delivered throughout Bucklin. Nine bud vase flowers were taken to former residents of Bucklin residing in nursing homes in Marceline, Brookfield and Macon. The making of Valentine plates is a tradition the Civic Club has done for many years and are greatly appreciated.

Civic Club Officers for the year 2012-2013 are Treasurer Peggy Finney, Secretary Lynn Shipley, Vice President Thelma Jones and President Debbie Reid


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LOCAL NEWS The Macon

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Benefit To Be Held For New Cambria Teen Just the other day a flyer advertising a benefit for a family in New Cambria caught my attention. It was for a young lady named Sierra Reade and her family. I immediately recognized the name because this young lady has a beautiful voice and sung at a benefit I organized last spring. Sierra is the 16 year old daughter of Jake and Paula Reade of New Cambria. She is the only girl in their family having 7 brothers. Sierra has been a straight A student and on the A Plus program. She participates in Track, Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball and FFA. Her favorite subjects are English and her 20th Century Class. Sierra loves to spend her free time reading, singing and with family and friends! She is loving the life of a 16 year old doing all the things a 16 year old should be doing. Sierra began singing at the young age of 7 when she took part in the Little Miss Callao contest and won. She has been singing ever since. She recalls the song she sung was “Barbie Girl”. At a fairly young age, Sierra contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

she received from a tick bite and had a few small seizures. Her freshman year she fell while playing basketball and hit her head which also contributed to seizure activity. Recently she has had regular seizures lasting anywhere from 29 minutes to a Grand Mal seizure that continued 2 hours and 16 minutes. Even with the doctors running tests and all the trips back and forth to the hospitals, they are still looking for some answers. Sierra’s mother, Paula, said they have been trying different medication, but can’t find something that she can take with her seizure meds. “Sierra has been having some type of seizure activity every day now”, says Paula. Sierra cannot go to school, play any sports, drive or even go out with her friends due to her seizures. Her family is always on pins and needles knowing another one will happen any time. “Our goal is to be able to at least control it so she can live a normal life. I hate going to work because I feel I will be receiving a phone call any minute,” said Sierra’s mother Paula. When Sierra was asked

Photo by Kathy Liebhart

Sierra Reade poses with her mom Paula and her dog. Sierra suffers from a seizure disorder that prevents her from living the life of a normal teenager. A benefit for the Reade family is being held to help with ongoing medical costs.

if there was anything she wanted everyone to know, she unselfishly answered “I would like to ask that everyone please pray for all people that have seizures. When I was in the hospital, I saw children aged 6 years that have epilepsy and it has got to be hard for them to be that young and have it”. On February 26th, 2012

there is a benefit to help the Reade family with the expenses they have acquired through traveling and medical bills. This benefit will be held at Suzie Q’s Bar & Grill from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. There will also be a raffle for a $500 gift certificate to Compton’s in Macon, MO. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. You

do not have to be present to win. There will be a silent auction from 3pm to 5pm. Contact Sue Jacobs at (660)415-7169 or Doris Kitchen at (660)651-3004 for more information.

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When Leroy Miller was in an Antique Store in Macon County recently he found a real surprise. He found a Friendship Quilt dated Feb. 21, 1934 with twenty names on it. Four of the twenty names were his relatives and his mother, Pearl Miller, knew all the names but one and found that she was correct on guessing who the last name was. The first name that Leroy saw was Flossie Stark of Nampa Idaho. Flossie’s mother Mary (Thiele) Stark was a sister of Leroy’s Grandmother Inez (Thiele) Lindberg. Also on the quilt was Flossie’s sister and her husband Mr. and Mrs. Earle Cooke of Prairie, Idaho. They were the only two names that also listed their town. Another of Leroy’s relatives on the quilt was simply listed as “Dee”. That was Mrs. Alvin (Dee) Lindberg. Alvin was a brother to Leroy’s Grandfather Hjalmer Lindberg. Two of the blocks were simply listed as “Ruth”. There were two Ruths that their mothers were listed on the quilt so there was no doubt that the Ruths were Ruth (Borron) Chaffee and Mrs. Simon (Ruth) Lindberg. Simon Lindberg was another brother of Leroy’s Grandfather Hjalmer Lindberg. Most of the names listed lived near the Bucklin/New Boston line at the time. One exception was Mollie Summers of Kirksville. Her home was where Ruby (Lindberg) Brown and Alice (Lindberg) Belfield roomed when they went to college. The last name to be identified was Wilda Rice. Pearl called Elizabeth Kelso and Elizabeth verified that Wilda was Elizabeth’s Grandmother and Wilda worked in the Frederick and Anna Thiele home south of New Boston. The only name still living on the quilt is Ruby (Gardner) Simpson of Brookfield who is spending the winter in Texas. Ruby is listed on the quilt as Ruby and Rolla Gardner.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Macon Home Press • South Edition • hpsouth.com

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LOCAL NEWS

BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: “Crusty’s Antiques” Don and Carole McVay are experts when it comes to refinishing antique furniture. They have done it for over 25 years. McVays had booths at local antiques stores and had done very well to resale their antiques. About 10 years ago Don and Carole decided they wanted their business closer to home and built the building to house Crusty’s Antiques. Don and Carole, both retired, love going places and looking for antiques. They go to sales and also buy from individuals. “We get a lot of trade off the highway. Customers coming through will stop and always bring a trailer because they know they will buy something.” Items in the store change every week. You will find that Crusty’s Antiques offer clean items that are in very good condition at reasonable prices. “People that come in once always come back” says Don. Crusty’s is located just off Hwy 36, Bevier Exit at 902 N. Macon St. You can always call Don at (660)651-1703 if you have antique items to sell.

Photo by Kathy Liebhart

LEFT - Don and Carole McVay are pictured in their antique store, Crusty’s Antiques. The business has been around for ten years, and customers can find unique items each time they stop. ABOVE - The sign in front of the business welcomes customers that stop in as they travel through the area.

Callao - We’re Still On The Map

This phrase was used in 1958 when Callao celebrated it’s Centennial and again in 2008 , when we celebrated our Sesquicentennial it was used by some. Small towns are having a hard time to survive these days, but when you were raised in a small community a part o f it never leaves your heart. This is what I will try to do as I turn in Callao news. From time to time I will include old pictures and stories about Callao , along with bits and pieces from the present. Callao was a beautiful little community when I was growing up here and that is what I try to remember. Let us hope these small home towns never disappear. Meet Callao Legion &

Auxilary. At the end of WWI, Argonne Post # 160, American Legion was chartered at Callao, April 10, 1920. Members came from Ethel, Elmer, New Cambria, Lingo and College Mound. Each Memorial Day, a pilgrimage was made to each cemetery in the western half of Macon County and appropriate ceremonies were held at each one. The trips took all day and whole families would go. A basket dinner was served at noon. It was at this time Post #160 purchased the old livery stable and adjacent lots on the corner. It is now a park on the corner across from the Legion Hall. When the bank closed in Callao they gave the building to the American Legion and it was re-

modeled to fit their needs. Post # 160 was abandoned May 5, 1936. Later, on March 12, 1941, it was reorganized and granted a new charter as Argonne Post #360, being done Feb. 13, 1947. A strong Ladies Auxiliary has always supported Legion programs. We also have several junior members who help out. Today we have a very active Legion and Auxiliary that meet the second Thursday, 6:30 pm and there is always food to be enjoyed. It is provided by the ladies, except in February, when the men cook for them. A Sons of American Legion is in the planning stages and will be chartered soon.

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CALLAO CALENDAR AMERICAN LEGION & AUXILIARY 2ND Thursday night with meal at 6:30 MASONIC LODGE 1st & 3rd. Monday evening, 7:30 weather permitting.

COWBOY CHURCH 36 & 3 One Stop Each Thursday night at 7:00 Jim Fitzgerald peaker

4-H 3rd Friday night, 6:00 Callao Christian Church Youth Center Good Intentions Club 1st and 3rd Thursday

If you have any news from Callao, please contact Jayne Roberts

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4A Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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COMMENTARY COMMENT

STUDENT ARTWORK OF THE WEEK

Diet Battle Of The Sexes BY KATHY LIEBHART EDITOR kathy@maconhomepress.com

It has been such a mild winter. It seems the older I get the less I like the snow, so I haven’t minded it one bit. However, I feel some things just aren’t quite right about this winter. And no, I’m not talking about the “End of the World”. Every winter we are cooped up in the house and end up drinking hot chocolate, eating cheese dips and other unhealthy snacks. Of course that leads to gaining the extra pounds that we have to work so hard to loose in the spring. Actually, I tend to keep a few of those pounds every year. So, I’m thinking this year should be different. Since the weather isn’t so cold and I am out and about more and not having many (any) card parties this year, I should be the same weight I was last fall. Well, I guess I need to have my scales checked out because it has still added a few pounds. Funny thing is, every time I ask my husband to go on a walk or diet with me, you would think I asked him to do physical labor in chains. But low and behold just last week, he came in and said he was ready to eat salads every night for a month. Humm, salads EVERY night for a WHOLE MONTH? That’s going to get old quick, but great for me…No Cooking!!!!! Day one: went well, soup for lunch and salad for dinner. Now when I say salad I mean, lettuce, ham, cheese, tomatoes, boiled eggs and dressing. Not the best type of salad, but better

LIEBHART than the fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy type of dinners we are used to. Day two…ok…Day three: Husband comes in and said he had lost 4 pounds! HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN! After I took a moment to hold myself back from tackling him to the ground for even saying such a thing, I thought maybe I should just step on the scale and see…..maybe I too lost a few pounds. HA! Didn’t Happen! Well, we are just in day four so we have a long way to go. I am pretty sure what the outcome will be. Husband… 10 pounds down Me… lucky if I don’t gain. It’s just not fair!!!!! I told my husband I may have to have our granddaughter come over and bake her “Pop” some cookies since he has the sweet tooth that I don’t. So please forgive me if my future columns seem cranky or if I start bashing my husband at least you will know that HE is doing well at his diet. Life wouldn’t be worth living if we didn’t have any humor in it. Although it would be nice if I could be on the other end this time!

FAITH

From the Desk of the Worship Center Mt.5:4 Second Beatitude - Blessed Are They Who Mourn God’s mourners are those who despise corruption and live a life of repentance. A penitential mourning for our own sins and the sins of others will bring comfort. Ps. 137:1 [Please read] Do we look with compassion on perishing souls, and mourn over them? How can we not mourn when we see the disobedience, and coldness, in the world and our churches today? The rise of pornography, divorce, single parenthood, addictions, crime, abortions, compromising and lack of power in the church are displeasing to God. When the Spirit of God no longer moves in our churches, and the nation reduces the rights of professing Christians, it is time to mourn. Were our rights to worship according to our convictions taken from us or did we give them up? I for one did very little except complaining and only for a short time. Turning our faces to Jesus Christ is the only answer to the problems our nation faces. We have been told to seek and ask for the old paths where in it is good. I mourn for prayer back in the school, discipline back in the home, Jesus Christ and him crucified preached in every church in the Nation. Isaiah prophesied the rejection of Jesus Christ 760 years before Christ’s birth. Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Are we also guilty of this rejection? In closing may I say this article it is meant to be a wake up call, and a time of mourning for God’s people – not a political statement. Pastor Ron Thomason

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Francesca Lenzini Bevier Art Student Of The Week

The Bevier Art Student of the Week is Francesca Lenzini. A 7th grader, Francesca is the daughter of Julio and Michelle Lenzini. Francesca’s art work titled, “Another Dimension”, was influenced by Austrian artist and architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser. Her art was created using glue and watercolor.

FRANCESCA LENZINI

COIN OPERATED

What’s Yet To Come? by Jim Coin Our story today starts out with groups of people wondering around amusedly with their eyes to the sky in total awe. Yes it’s all those snowmobilers wondering where all the snow is. The white stuff that fills all their happy trails for that amazing winter wonderland pasttime of snowmobiling. Crisp wind in their faces, shivering chills running down there spines, totally being overcome with the thrill of going fast on a blanket of snow. Flying over hills and sliding into curves, wow what a rush. It’s like the rush you get from riding motorcycles without all the cold wet frozen stuff. Of course if you fall off a snowmobile you still might have half a chance of survival; due to the fact all snowmobilers wear suits that kind of make them resemble the Michelin man at Mardi-gras. But alas mother nature is really throwing everyone a curve, no snow, 45 degree temperatures, calm winds all over, but totally unwheard of in Wisconsin. The poor ice fishermen are hardly getting any time and believe me that’s a melting sport as we speak. I am sure every body’s wondering what’s up with the weather and what’s yet to come, it’s like all the outdoor fun in the frozen snowy weather is null and void. Kinda like going to a rodeo with no horses or cows to play with. Just makes you go hum and with that I will enclose one of these most marvels toys which are just sitting on the shelf gathering dust for now. Just looking at them makes me yearn for motorcycling riding time . So people think warm and happy thoughts cause you never know when somebody is going to come up with some new gadget that can read your mind. It’s just a matter of time. And that my friends is whole different story.

EVENTS

Macon Jaycees To Hold Inaugural Breakfast The Macon Jaycees announced today an event they are currently running to raise money to support their Annual Community Projects. They are hosting a breakfast on Saturday, February 25 from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall. Breakfast will include Biscuits and Gravy and a Scrambled Egg Bar with ALL the fixings! Coffee, juice and milk will be served to drink. Cost of the breakfast is $5.00 per person. Proceeds from this breakfast will be used for future Community Projects the Chapter becomes involved in. If you have any questions about the breakfast or the Macon Jaycees, please contact Jim or Kyla Wilcox, Project Managers at (660) 342-6681 or Lorie Thompson, Management Development Vice President at (660) 349-8178.

RECIPES

Reader’s Kitchen

Everyone enjoys trying new recipes. You may find something new to add to your weekly menu. We love to hear from our readers! Please submit your favorite recipe and we will publish it in one of our issues. Mail to Home Press South, PO Box 65, Bevier, MO 63532 Attn: Reader’s Kitchen

WORLD’S BEST LASAGNA 1 pound sweet Italian sausage 3/4 pound lean ground beef 1/2 cup minced onion 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce 1/2 cup water 2 tablespoons white sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley 12 lasagna noodles 16 ounces ricotta cheese 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions In a Dutch oven, cook sausage, ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium heat until well browned. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Season with sugar, basil, fennel seeds, Italian seasoning, 1 tablespoon salt, pepper, and 2 tablespoons parsley. Simmer, covered, for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes. Drain noodles, and rinse with cold water. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese with egg, remaining parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). To assemble, spread 1 1/2 cups of meat sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Arrange 6 noodles lengthwise over meat sauce. Spread with one half of the ricotta cheese mixture. Top with a third of mozzarella cheese slices. Spoon 1 1/2 cups meat sauce over mozzarella, and sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers, and top with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil: to prevent sticking, either spray foil with cooking spray, or make sure the foil does not touch the cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes before serving.


Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Macon Home Press • South Edition • hpsouth.com

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COMMUNITY NEWS BUCKLIN AUXILIARY PRESIDENT HONORED

Know Someone Who’s Hurting?

Everyone goes through a crisis. It’s part of life. Who hasn’t been touched by the death of a loved one, job loss, divorce, failing health, financial ruin, and on and on? How do you pick up the pieces? Or what can you say to someone who is going through such difficult times? Dan Hurst, the Missouri author of Broken Dreams, Shattered Lives suggests that friends and family are part of a successful and effective recovery. “The one thing that people who are hurting have to hold onto are the people they care the most about,” says Hurst. “When your whole world has crumbled, you depend on the people that you love, and that you know love you.” Hurst is quick to point out that in many cases counseling and therapy are critically important, however even then the decision to seek help is often motivated by the ones who are closest to the one suffering. “When you have a friend or family member PHOTO LEFT TO RIGHT: Mo Dept Sr. Vice Commander Arthur Wilson, Treshon that is hurting and is trying

Jobson, and Post 57 Aux President Wilma Jobson receive recognition for St. Louis veterans work.

Wilma Jobson, president of The American Legion, Post 57 Auxiliary was honored at the Bucklin Post 57 Legion Hall, February 4, 2012, for assisting the St. Louis Military Veterans job fair. Jobson, her husband Robert, and grandson

to put their life back together,” says Hurst, “you may be the one person that can help them take the next correct step. You may be the one person that they feel they can trust. What you say can have a tremendous impact on their life.” That is exactly why Dan Hurst wrote the book. He is an ordained minister, and the book is a faith-based book. For years people asked him if he could recommend a book for someone going through some sort of crisis. “There are plenty of great books that address several different issues,” Hurst says, “but I felt like there needed to be something that was a little more comprehensive and easy to read that I could share with people, either those that were looking for answers, or those that wanted to help someone.” Although his book is about eleven things one should do to put life back together, Hurst suggests 3 things a friend or family member should do to help someone seeking to get their life back to some

semblance of normal: 1. Help them define the future. Life is not about the past. “Relive the past, and that’s all you’ll have in your future,” says Hurst. “The past is about used life. The future is about uncharted waters. Life doesn’t have to be the way it was.” 2. Help them get past their fear. According to Hurst, “Making decisions out of fear leads to wrong decisions. Wrong motivations always lead to wrong results.” 3. Help them make right choices. He maintains that consequences are far more important than circumstances. In other words, you can’t do much about your circumstances, but if you make the right choices, those will lead to the right consequences that can overcome the effects of the current circumstances. Dan Hurst’s book is available through local bookstores, Amazon.com, or from the publisher’s website: www.LivingPower.com

Treshon Jobson were in charge of the American Legion Booth at the job fair. Auxiliary President Jobson received special recognition from The American Legion Department of Missouri Senior Vice Commander Arthur Wilson.

DAVOLTS CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS

Country Living Life today on farms in Northeast Missouri

Life in the Country By Carrie Chiarotinno

Russell and Jerry Davolt celebrated their birthdays with family at Washington Street Eatery in Chillicothe on Sunday, February 12th. Russell turns 90 on February 21st, Jerry turned 88 years old on February 2nd. They will be celebrating their 70 th anniversary on August 1st. The gathering consisted of: Judy (daughter) and Ronnie Nichols, Roger (son) and Gloria Davolt, Linda Yoakum (Gloria’s mother), Shauna Gauthier (grand-daughter), Amanda Sul-

livan (grand-daughter), Amber (granddaughter) and Ryan McCourt, Bobbi Jo (great-granddaughter) and Nathan Salgado, Bobby Gauthier (grandson) and Marissa Avila, Jesse Gauthier (grandson), Johnnie Gauthier (grandson), and the great-great- granddaughters, Adelynn McCourt, Olivia Salgado, and Evie Sullivan. However, two of their great-greatgrandsons were unable to attend: Maddon Gauthier, Jaedyn Lusher (Gauthier).

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My least favorite time of year is approaching. I bet I have you wondering. Spring is on the way the doom and gloom of winter is finally at an end and that is my statement. My vehicle will not be clean until May. The gravel roads may get rocked or may not either way the rock will sink out of sight and there will be nothing but a dirt or in most places a mud path. The ground is starting to warm up and moisture is coming to the top of the ground, not to mention the rain and other forms of precipitaation we have received over the last week or so. The animals still need fed and water, so out in my rubber boots I go. The soggy earth forms some type of suction with my rubber boots which makes it difficult to walk. It seems it takes twice the energy to get where I need to go especially if I am carrying a bucket of feed or water, which is usually the case. My boys act if there is not a stain known to man that I can’t get out with my magical washing machine. They are usually covered in mud by participating in some act that was “unavoidable”. They track the mud in the back part of the house which is totally justified by them because it has a drain in the floor. I find the usually wet and

definitely muddy clothes and boots by the drain because evidentially that has some magical power too. A few years ago, I heard my older son tell my younger son that, “If you put your dirty stuff here, when you get back it is clean”. I always tell them not to ride their bikes in the mud with their school clothes on. They reassure me that they won’t, but when I call them in, they have mud up the back of their shirts which was flung there from the rear tire, of the,

“The soggy earth forms some type of suction with my rubber boots which makes it difficult to walk. It seems it takes twice the energy to get where I need to go especially if I am carrying a bucket of feed or water, which is usually the case. ” you guessed it “bike”! They have no idea that it is there telling me that they rode their bikes in the mud. If I’m not too mad, I have fun with them trying to dance around the truth. They don’t actually lie to me, but try to change the subject and get me off track. So as you can see, this time of year is not so great for me. I guess it has to happen so we can get to the time of year I really like, summer. So until summer, my magical washing machine, my magical floor drain and I will be cleaning up mud. That’s Life in the Country.


6A Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Macon Home Press • South Edition • hpsouth.com

LOCAL NEWS Patriot Guard Member Legion Guest Speaker

Stump Your Friends!

This photo is from the mid 70’s. Do you know who they are? Congratulations to Gena Ashenfelter for winning the Stump your friends photo contest. She was the closest guess, naming all but the little girl! Who were they? Barbara Fraley, Mary Jane Hall, Brenda Zuccarini, Brenda Jones, Judy Cutler and the little girl was yours truly, Kathy (Johnston) Liebhart. This weeks photo was taken at the homecoming in Bevier. We are not sure of the year, but thinking it is in the mid 70’s. Who Are They???? Larry Page was guest speaker at The American Legion, Green Hills Post 57 January 15, 2012 meeting at the Bucklin Legion Hall. Page has been active with the Patriot Guard since the death of his son, Private First Class Rex Page, United States Marine Corps in Fallujah, Iraq, June 28, 2006, by hostile fire. Page spoke of the commitment, America needs to keep with its active duty military and veterans. Page, also is the Chaplain of Kirksville American Legion Post 20. Photo left to right Post 57 Officers: James Curry, Donald Fosse, Page, and Post 57 Commander Leighton Reid.

Send your guesses to kathy@maconhomepress.com. Winner receives bragging rights and your name in next week’s Macon Home Press! If you have an old photo that you think would stump your friends, sent it to us!

Six Risks Of Online Services…And How to Avoid Them by Alan Canton Ten years ago, you might have bought a book online or sent flowers using an online service. Those were one-time deals. You used an online services, but you did not form an on-going relationship with the online business that provided it.

Fast forward to today. Now, almost every function a small business needs in order to be successful has become, or is becoming, an online service... and many of them are not transactional (that is, one-time services), but have become woven into the operation of the small business entity

on a daily basis. In other words, small businesses do have to form relationships with those who provide online services, because they’ll be relying on them more and more as time goes on. Whether it’s online banking, online legal services, online accounting,

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by Doris Noah City Council meets Bucklin City Council met February 8, 2012 at 5:00 p m in City Hall with the following present; Mayor Don Noah, Councilmen George Simmons, Dennis Cole, Barry Shipley and Vernon Robertson. City Clerk John Wright, Robert Walters and Glen Kitchen. Motion made and carried to accept December minutes. Motion made and carried to pay bills. Approval of Ordinance #379, an ordinance allowing the Mayor of Bucklin to sign a contract with PCI. First reading motion to approve Ordinance #379 made and carried. Approval of Ordinance #379, an ordinance allowing the Mayor of Bucklin to sign a contract with PCI. Second reading to approve Ordinance # 379 made and carried. The council discussed the purchase of a mower to mow all city properties with the exception of the Masonic Cemetery. The council felt at this time they would get prices for a mower and would discuss it at the March meeting.

The council advised Clerk Wright to put an ad in the Shopper for mowing of the Masonic Cemetery and take bids until March 14, 2012. Motion made to give Leighton Reid a sewer adjustment as he had a water leak was made and carried. Motion made at 5:55 to adjourn carried. School Board members A mini poll turned up the fact we aren’t all very well informed about our surroundings. Five people were asked to name the members of the present school board and not a one could. Just in case you don’t know either they are : Board President, Darrell Akins, and members Darrel Johnson, Doug Finney, Karmen Robertson, David Anderson, Ed King and Troy Gall. CWF meeting The Bucklin Christian Church CWF group met February 14, 2012 with 8 members present. President Patsie Hughes called the meeting to order by leading the CWF prayer. Due to the absence of Linda Hensley the worship was given by Patsie Hughes. Emily Switzer took roll

call and read the minutes of the previous meeting. The minutes were approved as read. Jean Still gave the treasurer’s report which was approved as read. Marj King, courtesy chairman, gave her report and requested money for stamps. Worship and Study chairman, Dena Peterson, gave her report. The kitchen committee requested it be put in the minutes a minor problem has come up and needs to be addressed. When the kitchen is used for any function it is the custom to leave it as you found it. Recently this has not been the case. It is felt a mention will be all that is needed to correct the matter. Jean Still had sewn lap robes from material that had been donated. Patsie Hughes will see they are delivered to an area care center to be distributed. Following discussion motion was made and carried the group will send a cash gift to a family who had their home destroyed by fire. A monetary gift to the school nurse so she can buy necessities for her department and to Mrs. Van Dyke assist the Buddy Pack Program. Following the business session Emily Switzer presented the study. Emily read from the 13th chapter of Hebrews . The discussion centered about eight ways a Christian shows concern and compassion for the world around them. A variety of interesting thoughts were shared. Following the CWF benediction refreshments were served by Doris

Noah. The next meeting will be March 13th, at 1:30 p m. Darline Briggs will bring the worship. Jean Still will be in charge of study. Dena Peterson and Patsie Hughes will serve as hostesses. Happy Birthday Margie McGee Carrie Chiarottino planned a surprise birthday party for her grandma, Margie McGee, that worked. Margie was indeed surprised to enter the dining room of a Macon café and find former Toastmaster companions and co workers gathered for a birthday dinner with her. Present were Clifford and Virginia Grubbs, Atlanta; Frances Jenkins, Bucklin; Raymond Stephenson, Marceline; Margaret White, Clarence; Sammie McQuitty, Nellie Hicks, Ralph and Debbie Johnson all from Macon. Margie’s son, Wayne McGee from Bevier and the hostess, Margie’s granddaughter ,Carrie Chiarottino. After dinner pictures were taken, they sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and spend a good time visiting. On the mend According to family Rose Helen Akins was dismissed from Samaritan Hospital and got to go home February 15. Rose Helen would appreciate calls and cards as she recuperates. Her address is 29368 Highway W, Bucklin, Mo. 64631. A red rose Daniel and Wanda Ervie had the honor of being the couple married the longest at the Wilcox Country Opry on February 12, just before Valentine’s Day. The Ervies celebrate 67 years together and that is

indeed worthy of recognition. Wanda was presented a red rose. Willy Wonka Frances Jenkins and David Jenkins from Bucklin and Johnna Bixenman from Macon were in Chillicothe February 12, to attend the Sunday matinee of the play ,WILLY WONKA, at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center. Third grade student, Emily Pfeifer, daughter of Nick and Carrie (Jenkins) Pfeifer, was a member of the cast. Emily was a member of the Oompa Loompas and according to her grandmother, Frances, did an excellent job. An interesting note as well; Jessie Sappington’s granddaughter, Lisa (Sappington) Rule, directed the production. The three performances were very well attended and received excellent reviews. Spring, could it be ? February 16, while heading for the clothesline with a load of laundry there on my line sat a fat robin. He was alone and looked a little chilly but there he was. Very encouraging! It is for sure one robin doesn’t make a spring, however, he was welcome. The fact he flew off and turned straight south was not so encouraging. Odds ‘N Ends Remember the fried chicken dinner up in the park on February 26, sponsored by the BCA with all proceeds going to the homecoming expenses. Serving starts at 11:30 until about 1:00. A great Sunday dinner with fresh fried chicken, real mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and homemade cobblers for dessert. Come enjoy a good dinner

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There Is No How To For A Homemaker! I started out my adult life first as a college student, then as a Marine, then I worked for Lockheed Martin and finally, God got me right where I was always supposed to be: a wife, a mother, a Homemaker! This is not a normal path to this career, I did have a learning curve as our society doesn’t raise homemakers anymore. It raises gender neutral workers. I have learned a lot in the last three years. 8 to 5 are bankers’ hours. Sick days are a luxury. Vacation, well, that is just where you take your work with you. When he hugs and kisses me and tells me he loves me, those are the corporate perks. When he smiles at me as I help him complete a task, that is the pat on the back and my pay raise, how many more smiles can I get today? As a career minded go getter in my past careers this was a rough adjustment but entirely worth all the effort. Love is sacrifice. I think it a tragedy how our culture explains love. Only the good, good feelings, good times, good looking . . .this is love. However, the truth is real love is someone’s willingness to pour themselves out for someone else regardless of their feelings or if they have make up on or if their waistline defines perfection. Carrying a baby to term, changing their diaper the 1000th time, holding them when they are scared or sick and you yourself are exhausted and ill. Getting dinner on the table or helping your husband get out the door for work on time when you are pretty sure you needed more sleep. Doing it all without complaint (at least not out loud to anyone, Jesus hears when I am sick and tired, thank the Lord He doesn’t get sick and tired of our whining!). Creativity is a must. I try to keep Joshua using his imagination and define reality. I had felt I was succeeding in keeping him in between too serious and too silly. That was until we went for a walk one day and passed a decorative light house in someone’s yard. Inside the front door was a gnome, about 2 inches tall. He was holding the door open and it was cold outside. I said, “Joshua, look at that silly gnome, I bet he is cold standing there with the door open letting all the heat out.” Joshua took one look at the gnome and looked up at me. His face was mixed with concern and confusion, “Mommy, that is a statue.” Of course it is. The next day he was playing pirate. I said, “Are you a pirate?” He stopped dead in his tracks, dropped his sword and unwrinkled his face, “Mommy, I am pretending to be a pirate!” So along with, sacrifice, creativity and a total change of pay/perks scale, someone should have prepared me for humility doled out by a three year old.


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Macon County Represented at “Fall in Love with Northeast Missouri” Event

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The exhibit for Macon County, representing the many wonderful features of the county.

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(Left to Right): Sharon Scott, Allan Muncy, Denise Bennett came to show their appreciation of the northeast Missouri exhibits.

A large delegation represented Macon County at a recent event in Jefferson City, Missouri. Representing Macon were Allan Muncy, City Administrator, Alan Wyatt Presiding County Commissioner, Drew Belt, County Commissioner, Denise Bennett, Economic Development Director, Sharon Scott, Chamber Director, Jim Scott, Dennis Stith and several others from Shafer, Kline & Warren and Kami Mohn, Macon Electric Cooperative. Community members attended the first annual “Fall in Love with Northeast Missouri” legislative event on February 13, 2012. This event was coordinated by the Northeast Missouri Development Partnership (NMDP). NDMP is a regional economic development effort for Northeast Missouri. Denise Bennett, Macon County Economic Development Director currently serves as President of this organization. The event incorporated a number of businesses & organizations from counties including Scotland, Schuyler, Clark, Adair, Audrain, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Marion, Randolph, Chariton, Ralls, Monroe and Montgomery, having the opportunity to showcase their communities and businesses, as well as discuss any concerns with Missouri legislators. Additionally the top four legislative priorities of 2012, as it relates to economic development, were presented to legislators: Transportation; Economic Development; Better Business Climate and Skilled Workforce. Seventy-five legislators attended this very successful first event.

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(Left to Right): Allan Muncy, Sharon Scott, Jim Scott stand for a picture in front of the Macon County exhibit.

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Valentine’s Day Celebration

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By: Melissa Mitchell

Macon Health Care Center celebrated Valentine’s Day by Crowning Royalty. Char Malone and Roger Thompson were crowned in the Main Day Area while Freda Dille and Jim Miller received the honor on the Reflections Unit. The Queens and their court were given long stemmed red roses and candy. the Kings and their court enjoyed heart shaped Russell Stovers. A white cake decorated with pink roses was

enjoyed by all. Jana Reed, Dietary Manager made and served the refreshments. An afternoon was spent visiting with family and friends. Congratulations Jesse Webster on Returning Home. Jesse shares his story: I chose Macon Health Care because I had been there before and they treated me like an Angel. Jesse stated, “They should call the place TLC insted of MHCC. Jesse played Wii Bowling as part of his therapy. His final score was a 300! Way to go Jes!

The Bevier sophomore class had the opportunity to visit the Macon Area Career Technical Education Center (MACTEC, formerly known as Macon Vo-Tech) at the Macon high school February 8. MACTEC counselor, Lana Brown, visited Bevier C-4 high school in January to alert the students of career/technical training program possibilities for the upcoming junior and senior years. Students were asked to choose three programs of personal interest on that January date. Bevier students spent nearly three hours at MACTEC touring their personal program options for the upcoming years. Bevier students, along with several other area schools, have the option of attending MACTEC as coordinated with their local school district. MACTEC program options include: Welding Technology, Automotive Technology, Agriculture, Graphic Communications, Building Trades, Early Childhood Careers, Health Occupations, Business and Office Technology, and Culinary Arts. Many of these programs have post-secondary credit options available at places such as Moberly Area Community College, Grand River Technical School in Chillicothe, MO or Linn State Technical College in Linn, MO.

5 Reasons To Say Goodbye To Shy By Laurie Schloff

Freda Dille and Jim Miller

Jesse Webster

There’s nothing wrong with introspection – some of the time. Most of us fall somewhere on the shyness spectrum, ranging from folks who are quiet by choice (or because they’re afraid of expressing themselves) to people who are reflective and choose to use their words sparingly. Wherever you fit on the shyness spectrum, you will probably benefit from learning outgoing behaviors and practicing a more forthcoming communication style. Here are five reasons to say goodbye to shy: 1. More opportunities. People who are shy tend to be less successful professionally than their more gregarious counterparts. There’s a strong association between possessing good communication skills (that is, expressing ideas clearly, showing support and concern for others, coming across well in interviews) and

upward mobility. In these tough economic times, it’s even more critical to have an edge on getting (or keeping) a job offer or the chance for a promotion. And, for freelancers, better communication skills can keep those assignments coming your way. 2. You’ll feel better. People who have positive interpersonal relationships at work and outside of work are healthier and enjoy a better quality of life. The more you deepen your connection to others, through talking and nonverbal communication, the more you’ll have a sense of well being. You don’t necessarily have to maintain an active social life with lots of partying, if that’s not your preference – but several key relationships will be good for you, in the long run, even if developing those connections cause you stress in the short term.. 3. Feelings of mastery. Learning skills for overcoming shyness and being a good conversa-

tionalist adds to the toolbox that you can use anywhere, anytime. These tools include skills in initiating conversations, continuing conversations, ending conversations, networking, contributing to a conversation, and showing an interest in others. You can pull out these tools, as you require them, to be a better manager, employee, or friend. Once you’ve mastered these social skills, you can use them, and reuse them, in different ways throughout your life. 4. You deserve to be noticed. The speaking wheel gets the grease, and the wallflower stands alone. Just because you’re a quieter person, why should you be denied the goodies that some of the more talkative people get? Leave shyness behind, and people will be more interested in talking to you, they’ll seek you out for business networking, and you’ll be noticed in terms of attracting friends and potentially a

mate. And that’s just the beginning! 5. You’ll be better appreciated. Shyness too frequently is misinterpreted as arrogance or snobbishness. Having a friendly and open facial expression, including smiling, is the most important ingredient in being seen as approachable and likeable. Everyone, whether shy or not, wants to be liked. Take a shot at it. Sometimes, all it takes is changing your countenance to change people’s response to you – and to open the door to meaningful connections. It may require effort to leave your shyness behind, but the rewards are instantaneous. If you walk down the street and smile, 9 times out of ten, you’ll receive a smile in return. This signals that you’re on your way to becoming a friendly and approachable person – and it’s as easy as taking that first step and putting a smile on your face.

Kathy Liebhart (660)346-8808

Spring Open House Sunday, March 25, 2012 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Pizza Hut Macon, MO Come & go as you please... New spring prints & items have arrived! Bring a friend & have lunch!


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LOCAL NEWS Helton awarded Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship The Scholarship is from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Andrew Helton of Macon has been awarded the Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2011-2012 academic year. “Scholarships enable us to recruit and retain outstanding students to our college,” said Bryan Garton, associate dean of academic programs. Helton, a freshman majoring in forestry, is the son of Wayne and Angela Helton. As a result of receiving a prestigious MU Curator Award, which recognizes outstanding high school academic performance, Helton has also received a four year scholar award from CAFNR that is made available through various scholarship accounts. The Elyzabeth Schell Scholarship was established in

1981 by the estate of Elyzabeth Schell. The Schells were in the dairy business in the Kansas City area and had a strong interest in agriculture. Scholarships are awarded to students whose parents are Missouri landowning farmers or ranchers. “As the cost of earning a college education continues to increase, students are seeking financial assistance from a variety of sources,” Garton said. “One of our goals is to support as many students as possible with their financial need.” The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources currently awards $1 million annually in scholarships to students. Information on scholarships and the college is available from Garton at 573-882-0089 or from high school counselors.

Spa-D-Dah-D-Do-Dah-Day On Feb 12, 2012 Bucklin American Legion Auxiliary Green Hills Post 57 sponsored a “Spa-D-Dah” day to raise funds for the Girls State. Women enjoyed tea and cookies while waiting for their facials, head and hand massages and foot soaks. This was such a big success and along with the previous Deer Hunters Luncheon, Nov 12, 2011, funding is now available to send two girls to Girls State. Any qualified young lady interested in Girls State please contact Bucklin American Legion Auxiliary. Wilma Jobson donated the door prize which was won by Linda Balfour from Bucklin.

Meg Gresham of Macon is enjoying a facial from Laurel Curry during SpaD-Dah Day. The day of relaxation is a fundraiser for Girls State.

Blue Flames Take Second

Spring Cleaning Ahead! It’s getting that time of year, or at least the weather makes us think it is. All these sun shinny days we have been given are a blessing and we should be taking advantage of them. Of course the dreaded word of “Spring Cleaning” makes me tired just thinking about it. While I was searching for good organizing tips for an office I come upon some very helpful spring cleaning “should dos” is what I am going to call them. First I should sit down and watch a few episodes of Hoarders to get into the “get rid of mood”. I always find myself wanting to hang on to something for some reason and then the next year coming across it again just to have to decide what to do with it. I have such big plans but never have the time, money, energy or whatever my reason may be to get it done. I am one of the biggest procrastinators in the world!!! Someone should give me an award for being able to put things off for so long… that reward should be therapy!!!!! Bathroom: Get rid of all makeup that you have not used within the last 12 months. Throw away all the medicine that is outdated. Organize your products you have extra of and don’t buy anymore until you open the last one. Closet: Get rid of shoes

and clothes you haven’t worn in the last 18 months. Be sure and donate good items. We have a local place here in Bevier called Prince Charming & Cinderella’s Boutique. If you’re like me you may have a zillion purses. Get rid of them! Well you may want to keep a few. Actually you need one of each color to go with what you’re wearing. Ok, you may need to call a friend for help. Household: Get rid of all old paint, cleaners etc… Kitchen: Sort plastic containers and throw away all that do not have lids! Have you used your blender or toaster in the past few weeks? If not, move them into a cabinet. Clean out that junk drawer, you know you have one. Donate your extra cups, mugs or any other dishes, pots and pans that you do not use. Don’t forget to go through your pantry and get rid of any outdated items. Spices are always something to go through every 1 to 2 years. Bedroom: Get rid of the socks, underclothes etc… Throw away all the old perfumes and colognes you haven’t used in a while. Go through your jewelry, give it to someone that will wear it. I’m sure I am missing plenty, but this is a good start. I know I will feel much better without the extra items around.

The 16 and under Blue Flames Softball team won 2nd place at the St. Louis Play Indoor Tournament, held at the Sandlot Indoor facility on February 11-12. Front Row Left to Right: Annie Chambers (Macon), Nicole Lucas (Macon), Anna Kacmar (Macon), Bobbi Mathews (Harrisburg), Allie Chambers (Macon) and Mackenzie Reilly (Macon) Back Row Left to Right: Shiloh Wilson (Bevier), Brieanna Priebe (Memphis), Kyra Oliver (Macon), Kayla Vansickle (Macon), Katy Stoecklein (Macon) and Katie Clapp (Macon). The team is coached by Kelly Wilson, Kent Oliver and Tim Clapp.

Recovery From Ruin By Dan Cassidy Judging from editorials in the Upper Missouri River Basin following the Great Flood of 2011, you would think major changes are in order. They argue last year’s event was a call to action; an affirmation of their long-held belief the system is broken. These pundits don’t envision a system of strong levees, river commerce and production agriculture. They see the Great Flood of 2011 as further proof Missouri River flows should be left unconstrained to wander from bluff to bluff, commercial navigation relegated to the Mississippi River and vast amounts of taxpayer money spent to provide habitat for everything from mosquitoes to pallid sturgeon. Last year’s flood provided a dose of reality for those farmers that toil on the most productive soil in the country. The land is too valuable to sit idle, and they plan to farm it. Missouri Farm Bureau and University of Missouri Extension recently hosted meetings in Holt

and Atchison counties entitled “Returning to Farming after the Flood.” We learned that those affected by flooding are focused on the future. Many people will be watching officials closely as spring nears. Recent news that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will improve communications with those living in the basin, work closer with agencies monitoring weather conditions and be more flexible with releases is encouraging. The issue of greater storage in upper basin reservoirs has not been resolved, but computer modeling may shed insight on ways this can happen without unintended consequences. Despite the views of hard core environmentalists and editorial writers, we learned people are focused on recovery and getting their damaged land back into production. At the meetings, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officials said 295,000 acres were flooded along the Missouri River, two-thirds of which was cropland. The Corps

has received 57 requests to help repair levees in the Kansas City District with an estimated repair bill of nearly $60 million. The Corps said what many people have been waiting to hear: Repairing the levee system and restoring flood protection is their top priority. Say what you want about government, but our elected officials and federal and state agencies are stepping up to help wherever possible. Our Congressional delegation worked hard to ensure sufficient funds were appropriated to restore the levee system, and the Corps set up an Emergency Operations Center in Kansas City to focus on flood recovery. Additional funds have been allocated to Missouri for disaster assistance programs, and we are requesting USDA officials allow flexibility given the unique circumstances. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced the availability of Community Development Block Grants to help levee districts meet cost share requirements. Feder-

al crop insurance officials are working with affected landowners to ensure protection for 2012 crops, and the University of Missouri Extension staff is providing much needed technical assistance to those with damaged land. Unfortunately, each flood leaves its mark, and not all of the flooded cropland will be used for farming as a result. But the hard work of landowners, availability of disaster assistance and continued resistance to unwise policies bodes well for farmable land. The Great Flood of 2011 won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

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Lady Wildcats Take Conference Championship In Homecoming Game

Homecoming King & Queen Crowned - Friday night the Homecoming King and Queen were announced between games. 2012 King is Dalton Haddock, son of Joe and Alice Haddock. 2012 Queen is Valle Wilson daughter of Dean and Sonya Wilson.

Bevier held their homecoming games Friday night against the Atlanta Hornets. The Lady Wildcats turned out on top winning against the Lady Hornets 65 to 45. This game gave the Lady Wildcats the title of Conference Champs. Dominca Prokup lead the Lady Cats with 22 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist and 5 steals, followed by Valle Wilson with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assist and 1 steal. Beth Ashenfelter added 12 points with 5 assist and 5 steals, Tay-

ler Hedworth 6 points, 9 rebounds, 1 steal and Cheyenne Shelmadine 4 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist and 1 steal. The boys game followed with the Wildcats playing a close, on the edge of your seat game. The Wildcats and the Hornets batteled to the very end when the Hornets gave a final sting winning the game by one in the last second. The final score of the game was 59 to 60. The boys stats were not available at press time.

Conference Champs! Front row: l to r Alex Fesler, Dominica Prokup, Valle Wilson, Cheyenne Shelmadine back row: l to r Beth Ashenfelter, Tayler Hedworth, Kennedy Harpster

Girls Now Conference Champs! The Lady Cats won Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Lady Hornets. This was an important win for the Lady Cats, making the Conference Champs!

Callao 5th & 6th Grade Basketball Begins (Girls will play first followed by the Boys games), February 28, 6pm – at Clarence, March 1, 6pm – Home against Atlanta, March 6, 6pm – Home against Clarence, March 8, 6pm – Home against Bevier, March 12-17 – Bevier Tournament, March 27, 6pm – at Bevier, March 29, 6pm – Home against Bucklin, April 3, 6pm – at Bucklin, April 5, 6pm – at Atlanta

Bevier students showing their Wildcat Pride on Spirit day! This week was homecoming week at Bevier School. Each day the students dressed the occasion all in the name of spirit!!! Following are the days of last week and their meanings. Students went all out showing that PURPLE runs through their viens. MONDAY: PJ Day - Sleep tight Hornets. TUESDAY: Twin Day – There’s no duplicate to a Wildcat win. WEDNESDAY: Hat Day – Hats off to a Wildcat win. THURSDAY: Duct Tape Day – Stick it to ‘em Wildcats. FRIDAY: Spirit Day – Purple Day.

The Winning Banner Is….. Classes make banners during homecoming week which are displayed in the gym. This year’s 1st Place banner was made by the senior class. The Banner features a Hornet tied to the railroad tracks with a Wildcat looking on.

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