87 years of experience retires from Empire Gas

Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:42 pm

At a recent retirement celebration, Norman Wilson and Dennis VanGundy, seated, were honored by present Empire Gas District employees as well as past associates of the gas and electric crews the two men had worked with through their years of service to the Northwest Missouri area. Wilson had 40 years and VanGundy worked 47 years in the gas department of St. Joseph Light and Power, Aquila and Empire Gas District. The current Northwest district employees are standing: Allen Godsey, Rod Coverdell, Craig Bennett, Clay Hollingsworth, Ken Neal, Doug Kline and Nancy Vaught.

    January 20 pursuit in Nodaway County ends in arrest

     A pursuit by Maryville Public Safety, Missouri Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies ended in the arrest of a St. Joseph man on January 20.

    Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood said the pursuit, which reached speeds of over 100 mph, began in Maryville when Eric Glidewell, 37, failed to stop after MPS attempted to stop him for a traffic violation.

    Glidewell traveled westbound on Highway 46 before turning

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    Infant dies in accidental shooting

     The Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department, Nodaway County Ambulance and Missouri Highway Patrol were dispatched to 101 South Scott, Elmo, at approximately 9 am, January 19 for a child’s accidental shooting incident.

    Alexis Wiederholt, mother of a five-year-old son and a nine-month-old son, called emergency dispatching 911 and reported her five-year-old had shot the infant in the head with a paintball gun. When law enforcement and medical personnel arrived, it was determined the infant had been shot with a .22 caliber magnum revolver, which was stored

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    Pajama party fun

    The Maryville Public Library held a pajama party with Curious George January 20 for families to enjoy. Nearly 150 kids came to play games for a chance to win door prizes from The Hangar, JR Kurz of Edward Jones, Bearcat Lanes, McDonalds, Taco Johns, East Hills Mall and Hibbett Sports. Kids like Isabelle Henggeler, pictured, got a chance to meet and get their picture taken with Curious George.

    Pickering holds firm; no livestock, no fowl

     The Pickering City Council voted to keep city ordinance 157, the regulation of farm animals and fowl, intact at the meeting held on January 15.

    At requests from Pickering citizens, the council had looked into doing a variance of the original ordinance which would allow chickens to be kept under special circumstances. Upon council of David Baird, city attorney, who was consulted by Milt Sovereign, city clerk, it was determined that complications would arise and the best course of action would be to remain firm

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    April ballot includes BOE, city council candidates

     The April 7 General Municipal Election in Nodaway County will include board of education and city council candidates.

    Board of Education

    The following is a list of school districts with the board seats who are up in April and the candidates who have filed:


    Board seat is up: Gerald Nelson and Jared McQueen

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    Working Abroad: MHS grad teaches in France to further education, Part 2

    Editor’s note: this is the second part of Boettner’s story on working abroad.

    Maryville High grad Ruth Boettner applied for the Teaching Assistant Program in France last January to continue her education.

    “I really wanted to go back to France,” she said. “And I worked with kids all through college and loved it, so it just made sense.”

    Boettner received notification in April that

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    Wells Bank to build new bank location in Maryville

     Wells Bank of Platte City announced that it has filed with the Securities Exchange Commission an application to construct a new banking facility on Maryville’s southside.

    The new facility will be located at 2920 South Main Street directly across from Applebee’s restaurant. The 3,400 square foot building will have three drive-through lanes, one with ATM access. It will be staffed to offer a full line of personal and business deposit and loan accounts, including fixed rate mortgages for

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    University observes Martin Luther King Day with ceremony

    Northwest Missouri State University honored the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of events including the fourth annual peace march on January 19, from the Northwest Student Union along Fourth Street to the Nodaway County Courthouse on the Maryville square. As the group arrived, Dr. King’s “I have a Dream” speech was played. Participants were encouraged to make and bring signs that promoted peace, equality, justice and unity. Short presentations were given by the Minority Men’s Organization to the crowd. To end the

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    Kawasaki completes tax credit need for Fourth Street Improvement Project

     Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. has agreed to purchase up to $200,000 in Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to contribute to the Fourth Street Improvement Project, Phase I.

    The 70 percent Missouri State Tax Credits were made available through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s NAP to assist with ancillary construction features of the project. The project is designed to functionally and aesthetically improve the corridor between downtown Maryville and the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.

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    Geography with Goudge

    Posted January 23, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Now that college football is over, it’s time to turn our attention to basketball. This week’s AP Top 25 major college basketball is mapped by proportional symbols. Kentucky leads the way, followed by Virginia as the only

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    Mustangs take second in Fairfax Tournament

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    North Nodaway’s leading scorer against St. Joe Christian, Peyton Coleman, goes up and under a defender on his way to a 15-point game in the Mustang’s 46-59 loss in the Fairfax Tournament championship January 17.

    Jefferson Lady Eagles win Stanberry Tournament

    Posted January 20, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Surrounded by North Andrew defenders, Sarah Chor of Jefferson still manages a layup as the Eagles went on to defeat the Cardinals 51-35 in the Stanberry Tournament Championship January 17.

    Geography with Goudge

    Posted January 16, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    The National Football Foundation announced the 2015 College Football Hall of Fame class this past week. This week’s map looks at the 154 Players who played since 1980 and have been inducted. This per capita map, based

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