Victor L. Knepper
Thelma M. McMillen
Ralph E. Ottmann
Victor L. Knepper
Thelma M. McMillen
Ralph E. Ottmann
Keith L. Evans
F. Delores Fisher
Aurelia G. Hampton
Eugene R. Hughes
Claude C. Newton
Charles P. Ozenberger
Kenneth L. Schwope
Robert W. Beaufort
Ivan H. Bieck
Lorene A. Clayton
Dorothy M. Eichholz
EAGLEVILLE, Mo. — There will be a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall in Eagleville to discuss the Nature Conservancy of Missouri purchase of the Dunn Ranch.
The ranch, which is between Eagleville and Hatfield, includes about 1,200 acres of prairie that never has been plowed and is one of the more significant tallgrass prairie areas in the country.
The ranch is known for its large population of prairie chickens.
The purchase recently was completed after a $2.3 million fund-raising effort.
In recognition of Earth Day, the Missouri Department of Corrections is inviting residents to drop off used tires at the nearest participating correctional institution from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.
No more than four light truck, passenger car or farm tractor tires per family will be accepted.
Institutions participating in the area are the Chillicothe Correctional Center, the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph and the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.
For more information, call John Fougere at (573) 522-1118.
The annual YWCA gardeners festival will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Terrace Room at the YWCA, 304 N. Eighth St.
Annual and perennial plants will be available for purchase. Proceeds will support the YWCA Mom’s Time program.
The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary tonight at 412 Felix St.
The festivities start at 6:30 p.m., when the public can survey the reading rooms and library.
Founded in 1979 with 32 members, the society has grown to a group of more than 750 members from across the United States.
Volunteers publish a society newsletter, maintain a Web site, and manage its historical collections with admission fees and member dues.
The historical collections have grown to include more than 500,000 government records from Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties in Northwest Missouri, as well as Doniphan County in Kansas.
The genealogical research library encompasses more than 7,000 volumes of family histories and other genealogical information.
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I’m calling in response to the person calling the Kosovars a bunch of cowardly people. That is incorrect. The people of Kosovo cannot own guns. They do not have the American Constitution with the Second Amendment that says we have the right to bear arms. Their guns were all taken away from them while they were a Russian state and that right has never been given back. In the United States we have the right to bear arms, and I do think the law that was passed the other day was illegal. This way we are letting the bad guys be armed and the good guys are being harmed. I do not believe in the carnage that’s been happening in our schools. And if the principal or someone in that school had had a gun it could have been ended.
My sympathy to the caller confronted by the nosy person regarding his use of a cane. For years our family had endured a member who’s made it their business to literally know every move we’ve made. An unanswered call or a busy signal is always followed by where were you or who were you talking to or what did they want. And the caller can do what we finally did when we had enough of their endless prying. We just changed the subject or gave vague answers and the situation improved. He shouldn’t expect miracles, though, because some insensitive snoops now feel they have a right to personal information of others.
In answer to “Issue not over yet” about the Savannah school system, you’re asking what we might vote yes on. You get rid of the administration from the top up and then we will think about voting yes for the school bond.
I have a concern regarding an article in Tuesday’s News-Press: “Students celebrate Earth Day.” Please reuse the grocery bags. Our trees are our precious commodity and we can be so careless. After all, it is Earth Day.
I’d like to know when the restaurants of St. Joe are going to require their workers to wear plastic gloves before they handle the food. And I was wondering what restaurants would commit to doing this.
I’d just like to say that Clinton has finally found a way to leave a legacy besides a sex scandal for all Americans to live with for the rest of our lives and that would be to deal with Russian and Serbian terrorism in the United States. Think about it, the Serbs are fighting that they have been fighting for over 500 years. Do you think they are ever going to forget about us bombing and never stop attacking us within our own boundaries and anywhere they can in the world? The quagmire is getting deeper.
This is in response to what happened in Colorado. Once again students have entered our schools and have killed our children. Let’s not wait to let it happen in St. Joe to start locking our doors to our schools to keep people out of the school without us knowing who is entering them. This has been a lot of concern to the people in St. Joe. You know our children apparently aren’t safe at school but yet you have them for eight hours a day. Please lock our doors like we lock our doors at home to keep intruders out. Lock the doors of the school to keep people out we don’t know who is entering and when they are entering.
As an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan it was so disappointing to see the News-Press print that the ball games would be on TV, but they are never shown. This happened once last week and twice this week. What seems to be the problem?
I want to make a comment on the terrible hypocrisy I see on the news tonight. I just heard the president say we must reach out to our children and tell them to solve their problems without violence, yet over in Yugoslavia we are solving our problems with the worst kind of violence. What kind of a message does this send to our kids? Does it send a message to solve our problems with violence or without violence?
Wal-Mart Supercenter lost a 1997 property tax appeal on Monday. Because of the ruling, the Buchanan County Commission won’t have to pay the giant corporation more than $76,000.
Buchanan County Assessor Gary Stanton appealed to the Circuit Court a ruling by the Missouri Tax Commission that would have required Pat Rethemeyer, county collector, to refund the disputed amount to the Wal-Mart Supercenter at 4201 N. Belt Highway.
The company paid all of its $223,264 assessment, but failed to prove that it notified the county collector at the same time of the appeal.
Wal-Mart originally appealed the assessor’s 1997 property valuation of the local store, won a change in the assessment and the refund by order of the state tax commission.
Mr. Stanton believed the county shouldn’t have to pay a refund and appealed the decision back to the tax commission.
He lost a second time before taking the commission and Wal-Mart to Circuit Court.
A St. Joseph teen-ager pleaded guilty Wednesday in Buchanan County Circuit Court to burglarizing a local business in February.
Jamie Sollars, 17, 2019 Francis St., pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree burglary.
Mr. Sollars told the judge he and another man, Bryan Grooms, drove to the Belt Highway in the early morning on Feb. 20 to get a soda.
He said that on the way back to the house where Mr. Sollars was living at the time, they drove by a building and decided to break into it.
Mr. Sollars said he broke the glass on the front door of Install-It-All Electronics, 3613 Lafayette St., and unlocked the door so he and Mr. Grooms could enter.
He told Circuit Judge Randall Jackson he was in the business two weeks earlier with Mr. Grooms.
Mr. Sollars told the judge he took four compact disc stereos and three amplifiers. He said they then went to a residence on Lincoln Street, where Mr. Sollars was living.
Mr. Sollars said he was arrested on Feb. 23 by officers about half a block behind the home with the stolen merchandise in a bag.
Mr. Jackson rejected a plea agreement recommended by the state of a two-year prison sentence.
He set sentencing for 1:30 p.m. June 22.
Mr. Sollars could receive up to seven years in prison, up to a year in the county jail, up to a $5,000 fine, or a combination of both incarceration and a fine. He remains in jail on a $20,000 bond.
Mr. Grooms’ next court date is a docket call set for 8:30 a.m. May 24 in Circuit Judge Patrick Robb’s courtroom.
He remains free on a $10,000 bond.
A St. Joseph woman was sentenced to prison Wednesday on a drug charge.
Brenda Hargrave, 28, 510 Shady Lane, pleaded guilty in March to a felony charge of delivery of a controlled substance.
In a plea petition filed with the court, Ms. Hargrave admitted delivering methamphetamine to a confidential informant on June 23.
Circuit Judge Patrick Robb sentenced Ms. Hargrave to serve eight years in the Department of Corrections.
Scholarship applications are available to Andrew County residents for the Natalie Thompson-Clizer Memorial Scholarship.
Applications may be obtained through the Andrew County Extension Center, Andrew County Courthouse, from high school counselors or from the financial aid department at Missouri Western State College. Applications will be evaluated on basis of need, completeness, clarity, student potential and appropriateness.
The deadline for applications is Monday, April 26. Selection will be made in early May.
The Benedictine College Community Orchestra will present a concertat 4 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at the O’Malley McAlister Auditorium at Benedictine College, 1020 N. Second St. in Atchison. A free-will donation will be taken, and a wine and cheese reception to honor the concert master will be held following the performance.
The Northwest Missouri Regional Development Corp. will meet at 7 p.m. today at the office, 114 W. Third St. in Maryville. For more information, call the office at (357) 921-2198.
Spring mushroom picking season will continue through May 20 at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. No permits are required to enter designated areas for mushroom picking.
A map is available at refuge headquarters that denotes designated areas for mushroom picking. The refuge is on Missouri Highway 159 near Mound City. For more information, call the refuge at (357) 306-6528.
Jason Rodriguez sometimes leads a very busy life — both during the week and on weekends.
He is not only a full-time student at Missouri Western State College, but he works part time at the Food 4 Less on North 36th street and is a member of the 135th Signal Battalion, Missouri Army National Guard.
“(It’s the) best part-time job you can have,” Mr. Rodriguez says of working in the Guard, mimicking its ads. “In all actuality, it is.”
Adding that Guard duty is only one weekend a month, he says, “You feel a part of something, and it gives you more of a purpose.”
Mr. Rodriguez, who holds the rank of specialist, has been a member of the battalion for more than five years and has traveled with the unit to summer camps in Wisconsin, Kansas, Colorado and Missouri. He also is scheduled to go to summer camp with the unit when it goes to Central America next year.
The mission of the signal battalion is to supply communications with higher headquarters units within the 35th Infantry Division, located in the central United States. His job is as multi-channel transmission systems operator/maintainer — or to use the Army’s job classification, 31R or 31 Romeo.
Mr. Rodriguez’s specific unit is called Detachment 1 and is stationed out of the Mayes Memorial Armory in St. Joseph on Woodbine Road, with the rest of Company B stationed in Nebraska. Last weekend, the entire unit got together in St. Joseph for a Field Training Exercise, with units setting up radio relays at locations around the immediate area.
His job in the detachment has given him the opportunity to attend MWSC, where he goes to school under a State Sponsored National Guard educational program to pursue a degree in psychology and a minor in criminal justice.
Mr. Rodriguez says he has made a lot of friends in the battalion and enjoys being in the signal unit at St. Joseph, where, he says, “You have one goal, and it makes you feel good to meet that goal.”