Bouncing Back

One of the highlights for Leet Center youngsters on “Water Day” in 2014 was a bounce house set up behind Horace Mann Elementary School. The day’s usual water-related activities had to be curtailed due to cold weather.

25 years ago

  • As the commencement began, one seat remained unfilled along with the 14 graduating seniors at West Nodaway High School.
    A white cloth lay draped over the empty chair, and a single pink rose rested gently against the soft background.
    The chair would have belonged to Kristen Goff, had tragedy not struck just over four years ago taking her life unexpectedly in January of her eighth grade year.
    “We all know she is here with us today. Not in body, but in soul,” Paul Barger, who returned to speak at the class’ high school graduation four years after he spoke at their eighth grade graduation, said.
  • During a day marked for the most part by a steady, soaking rain, the Jefferson girls and Rock Port boys teams emerged as soggy victors in the Missouri Class 1 A District 8 track meet Saturday.
    “It was a pretty miserable day, weather wise, though it did clear up some for the finals,” Jefferson coach Don Edwards said. “It (rain) might have hampered the field events a little — the circle was in rough shape for the discus and shot put and the jumping pits were wet, but it was the same for everybody.”

15 Years ago

  • Families, friends, teachers and administrators of 124 Maryville High School graduating seniors assembled at Bearcat Arena yesterday in honor of the students’ hard work and accomplishments in meeting requirements for a high school diploma.
    The 2004 class motto is “Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”
    The students entered to the sounds of the Maryville High School Band directed by Danika White and Joel Dake, after which Principal Ron Landherr welcomed all in attendance and announced the Senior Quartet, consisting of Kandee Cummins, Kylee Smith, Kevin Kropf and Ryan Eckerson, who performed the national anthem.
  • Youngsters with an interest in livestock are invited to attend the Youth Animal Science Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 27, at the Atchison County Fairgrounds in Rock Port.
    Livestock featured at the workshop include cattle, sheep, swine and horses. Each participant will choose his or her favorite animal and attend sessions on ethics, nutrition, health, preparing livestock for shows, how to show your project animal and meats judging.
    Speakers will include local youth with livestock showing experience, 4-H parents and local veterinarians.
    A livestock judging clinic will take place in the afternoon featuring Dr. Keith Gilster.

5 years ago

  • Toward the end of each school year, the Leet Center at Horace Mann Elementary School on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University celebrates “Water Day.”
    Thursday’s outdoor event at the early childhood and pre-school center was a little chilly for engaging in the day’s traditional water games, but the weather failed to dampen spirits of the young participants. Even if the Leet Center staff had to make a few changes.
    “We usually have sprinklers and hoses and all kinds of things for them to play in and splash in,” Leet Center Director Cindy Scarbrough said. She added that several changes were made to keep activities from being too cold.
  • Water and who pays for it can be among the most complex of the myriad details involved in a city’s annexation of land for proposed development.
    And the 30-acre parcel of real estate recently added to the City of Maryville and earmarked for a new assisted living facility and neighboring single-family residential subdivision is no exception.
    The land, a former soybean field spreading south and west from the city’s main water tower at the terminus of West Edwards Street, was formerly the domain—as far as potential water service goes—of Nodaway County Public Water Supply District No. 1.

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