Power Built Here: Kawasaki’s Maryville plant to celebrate 25th year

Posted August 19, 2014 at 8:53 pm

One of the 43 original Kawasaki employees, Tim Melvin is now production manager of the facility.

In June 1989, Tim Melvin along with his Kawasaki associates, produced the first small industrial engine in the Maryville facility.

That engine was started and then packed away as a historic artifact of the beginnings of Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corporation, USA’s Maryville plant. The engine was unpacked this summer, lubricated and on the second pull restarted 25 years later. Many of the original employees of the Maryville Kawasaki plant followed the special engine in a long parade entry during this year’s Nodaway County Fair Parade.

“The gentleman that started it said, ‘it purred like a kitten,’”said Melvin.

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    MHS grad recaps his Fulbright Fellowship

    Art has always been a passion for 2005 MHS graduate Galen Gibson-Cornell. Pursuing secondary education in the art field, Gibson-Cornell attended Truman State University and graduated with a BA in art and a minor in French. Gibson-Cornell then went to University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his master’s of fine art and master’s in art. Wanting to see the world and work on his art, Gibson-Cornell applied for the Fulbright Fellowship to Budapest, Hungary.

    “It was actually the second

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    BBBS touts success, but still needs ‘Bigs’

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County recently graduated its first successful match of Little Sister Maggie Schmidt with Big Sister Amy Law.

    “Littles graduate when they turn 18 or graduate high school,” said Lynette Harbin, program director. “There are currently 54 matches in the program. If we can help those kids have the success Maggie has had and the match that Amy and Maggie has had; that’s our ultimate goal.”

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    Curves members relish challenges

     To keep members engaged, the Maryville Curves, 1210B South Main Street, Maryville, initiates monthly challenges.

    During the month of June, the challenge saw the club take on steps. Daily, 10,000 steps are recommended for members, which is sometimes a struggle. By accepting this challenge, members developed camaraderie, plus had a competitive goal to reach. There were 12 teams of six members each with a total step goal of 18 million steps. The group surpassed their goal to reach 22 million

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    Mural welcomes children to New Beginnings

    “There’s no shortage of need for mental health services in the Northwest Missouri area,” explained Sean Prescott, CFO and certified counselor for New Beginnings Counseling Center, 318 North Main Street, Maryville.

    Although the center was started September 11, 2012, he and Michelle Jones, COO and certified counselor, have secured non-profit organization status for the counseling center, as of January 1, 2014. This was done to allow the facility to move forward even if the people change. This enables eligibility

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    School buildings serve students for 50 years

    Over the last decade, the Maryville High School building has gone through a transformation of expanding to better serve the students and community. Recent expansions include connecting the existing building to the Northwest Technical School and cafeteria to the recently passed addition to the building that will include both a practice gymnasium as well as an auditorium.

    “I have been here long enough to see what was the original structure of the school become so much more in our district,” said MHS Principal Thom

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    Local author chronicles ‘Little town north of Bridgewater’

    One of Nodaway County’s early railroad communities, Arkoe, will celebrate its 140th anniversary this fall. And a new book about the town’s history has been published just in time for the celebration.

    Arkoe resident and author, Susan Cronk, recently published “Where in the World is Arkoe Missouri?” and hopes the book paints an accurate picture of life in the early days while adding to the overall history of the county.


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    Where Are They Now? Schulte duo extends sisterly bond into college sport

    During their years of high school, sisters Jacqueline and Michelle Schulte, daughters of Ben and Tina Schulte, were known for their basketball talents as they led their Northeast Nodaway team statistically during their reign. Being the competitive spirits they were, the sisters also took on golf for something to do in the fall, but the winter was always their “time to shine” as they each found success on the court.

    Taking a pastime to a new level

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    Art Farm comes to Barnard

    The Art Farm near Barnard offers two-hour classes to individuals interested in exploring pottery and ceramics.

    It is the creation of Momoko Usami Cotter, who along with her husband, Josh, and two-year-old son, Koji, live on the Art Farm. Momoko’s journey to the Art Farm began in Japan after she finished her master’s in art. She had a studio by a large hotel and taught one-day classes which were popular.


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    Area cowboy takes fourth at international rodeo

    Longtime cowboy Chris Redden, Ravenwood, has seen it all in the rodeo game, which is why it’s no surprise that his abilities have landed him a fourth place finish at the prestigious Cowboy Up Challenge at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

    This was Redden’s fourth trip to Calgary, out of the five years the invitation-only challenge has existed. To be invited, a cowboy must have proven themselves in competitions leading up to Calgary, at national and international

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