Features

Northwest football equipment staff continues to impress

By Morgan Guyer Once September hits, football fans in Maryville get to see the Bearcats take the field on Saturdays dressed in that classic green and white. After months of practice and preparation, countless film sessions and workouts, the players are finally ready, but not without some help. In the background, during those months, there

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Poll worker nears 50 years of service to voters

By Morgan Guyer Hazel Hester, Clearmont, has worked elections since 1973.  During those years she hasn’t sought out recognition or fame. She describes herself as a person who “Does her job. Nothing more, nothing less.” She is now the Atchison precinct supervisor judge, and the reason for her work hasn’t changed. “I figured people need to

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Dave Williams to retire after 47 years with Taco John’s

By Jacki Wood Taco Tuesdays won’t be quite the same in Maryville. After over 47 years, Dave Williams will bid farewell to Taco John’s next month when he retires. “I have enjoyed all the people I have met over the years,” Williams said. “Great customers that have become friends. Watching crew members develop and move

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Lettuce Dream moves toward more customized employment services

By Jacki Wood Their mission statement may have changed over the years, but the fundamental values of Lettuce Dream, a non-profit focused on growing opportunities for people with disabilities, have remained the same. “All people should be included, valued and provided with opportunities to do something that is meaningful to them,” Lettuce Dream Director Jennie

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Gary’s Barbershop to celebrate 50 years

By Kathryn Rice Gary Greeley of Gary’s Barbershop, 216 West Fourth Street, Maryville, is ready to celebrate his 50th year in business on Sunday, May 1. Starting in 1972, Gary’s Barbershop has been in two other locations, 219 North Main and on West Third Street. Greeley was born on a farm near Elmo. He was

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Girl Scouts provide opportunities to give and grow

By Jacki Wood For 110 years, Girl Scouts have been building “girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place”(Girl Scouts mission) while blazing trails and redefining their potentials. Throughout the month of March, local Girl Scouts will be serving, selling and sprinting … and growing. Serving Laura Nixon, Service Unit

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Longtime Maryville childcare provider to retire

By Jacki Wood Barb Farnan was working at Corner Drug in Maryville when the business closed in the late 1970s. She had a one-year-old child at the time and thought it would be nice to be able to stay home with him while earning money. During the summer of 1979, she opened her daycare. And

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NERDS robotics team heads to state

By Jacki Wood The NERDS (Novice Engineers Robotics Design Society) team, comprised of students from South Nodaway and Northeast Nodaway, participates in the First Tech Challenge which is more than just about building robots for competition. Students are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots while they develop STEM skills, practice engineering principles and

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