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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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     The Mozingo Advisory Board met August 18 to hear updates from city staff on Mozingo Lake Recreation Park and the golf course.

    Assistant City Manager Ryan Heiland informed the board that Tom Watson toured the junior golf course being developed at Mozingo and was happy with the progress being made and made a few alterations to the design of some of the hole layouts. Heiland said the irrigation system should be installed in the next couple of weeks after the grading is complete.

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    Vietnam Veterans Memorial comes to Gallatin

     The Frank Frazier VFW Post 2172 of Gallatin invites you to visit “The Moving Wall” on display at Dockery Park in Gallatin during August 21 – 25. The half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, has been touring the country for almost 30 years.

    The Patriot Guard will escort The Moving Wall through downtown Gallatin starting at approximately 10 am, on Thursday, August 21. An official opening ceremony program begins at 7 pm, on Friday, August 22. The wall will remain in

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    Barnard Picnic carried on

    The slogan for this year’s Barnard Picnic, held August 15 and 16, was Keep Calm, Picnic On and that is what everyone did. Heavy downpour on Friday, gray skies and flooded road to the fairgrounds on Saturday, all just made an event that will be remembered for years to come. Washing off from the mud volleyball game, these three ladies take advantage of the flooded road way to the fairgrounds.

    For more photos on the Barnard Picnic, check out the Nodaway News

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    School starts at West Nodaway

    The first day of school on August 19, at West Nodaway R-I, may herald the end of summer, but not the end of summer temperatures as highs in the 90s are forecast for this week. Parents walk their elementary school students in to get a start on the 2014-15 school year.

  • Mist
  • Maryville, MO
  • Temperature: 61°F
  • Wind: ESE at 6 mph
  • Sunrise: 8:02 am GMT-5
  • Sunset: 8:25 pm GMT-5