This Week's News

State education commissioner to address NW graduates

Dr. Margie Vandeven, Missouri commissioner of education, will address Northwest graduates during the winter commencement ceremonies Friday, December 16. “We are so pleased to have Dr. Vandeven joining us for our winter commencement ceremonies,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “She is student-centric and champions high expectations and she has been a champion for education

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Northwest releases Bearcat football quarterfinal ticket information

Tickets for this Saturday’s Northwest Missouri State University NCAA Quarterfinal football game against Harding will go on sale beginning on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. online here: http://nwmissouri.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp You can also purchase tickets in person at the Student Services Center now located in Cashiering in the Administration Building beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, starting at

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Ravenwood tax rate leads the state

Nodaway County has the highest tax rate in Missouri again this year. Ravenwood real and personal property owners are paying $10.0369 per $100 assessed valuation, topping the state. Those entities and taxes are: state, 3¢; sheltered workshop, senior center and health center, 5¢ each; Jackson Township, 4.9¢; Jackson Fire, 29.4¢; Northeast Nodaway R-V, $5.814; Jackson

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Commissioners approve new payroll system

Nodaway County Commissioners approved a new payroll and time sheet program for all county employees during their November 16 meeting. Beginning the middle of January, employees will log their hours on a website via a Tyler Technologies program called Incode. The online program will give employees the convenience of on-demand access to their payroll information

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Mullins named state beekeeper of year

By Christina Rice After six years of beekeeping, Erin Mullins, Skidmore, earned the Missouri State Beekeeper of the Year award. Mullins began her beekeeping career as an FFA project and later took a beginner course at Northwest Technical School. She started with three beehives and has grown her operation to five hives. “I was surprised.

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Community Hospital-Fairfax opens clinic

The Community Hospital-Fairfax opened their clinic in Burlington Jct., holding an open house November 21. The clinic will be officially open for business Wednesday, November 23. Staff members of the clinic are front: Dr. Dustin Carpenter, director of Clinic Operations David Fast; middle: LPN Tami Lansdown, Clinic Billing Cordinator Chris Sticken; back: Family Nurse Practitioner

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Living Christmas tree ignites Christmas spirit

There will be a living Christmas tree at the First Baptist Church, Maryville, this Christmas season. The 24-foot tall living Christmas tree is made of scaffolding decorated with greenery and lights. Approximately 22 choir members will stand in the scaffolding while singing the musical cantata “City of Light” by Tom Fettke. David Robertson, First Baptist

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St. Francis’ diabetes group creates cookbook

Once a month, people with diabetes meet at SSM Health St. Francis Hospital to offer each other support and hear from speakers on a variety of diabetes-related topics. “We focus on a different topic every month and bring in speakers from different fields of practice,” Deb Hull, RN BSN, diabetes educator and group leader, said.

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Health center keeps current insurance for employees

At its November 9 meeting, the Nodaway County Health Center Board of Directors voted to keep the current health insurance plan which saw a five percent premium increase. The board considered plans under the Affordable Care Act, but those would have raised the monthly rate from 14.6 to 47.6 percent more than the current plan.

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Lions work to bring Freedom Rock to Nodaway County

The five Lions Clubs of Nodaway County are working together to bring a Freedom Rock® to Nodaway County. The large patriotic rock will be painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorensen II, Greenfield, IA, the originator of the Freedom Rock tour. Sorensen decided to expand the Freedom Rocks program beyond Iowa at the same time the Maryville

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