Oil spill in Peach Creek

15 YEARS AGO: Jeff Chester monitored a suction hose as crews from Hazmat Response from Olathe, Kan., began clean up on 600 gallons of waste motor oil spilled into Peach Creek on Monday.

25 years ago

  • When Nodaway County residents were asked to support an initiative to take all tax proposals to a public vote and reduce state government spending, they answered, like the rest of Missouri, with a resounding “no” Tuesday.
    By 7,418 to 1,344 margin, Nodaway County voters refused Amendment 7. The proposal, also known as Hancock II, would have placed stringent limitations on government’s ability to raise taxes without a referendum and cut government spending by as much as $1 billion.
  • The presence of Amendment 7 on yesterday’s ballot may have helped the Maryville R-II School Bond jump out to an early lead as the results began coming in shortly after 7 p.m.; but in the end, many believe, the amendment may have brought about its downfall.
    A strong showing by college students, who flocked to the ballot box for their opportunity to vote on Amendment 7, helped give the $6.95 million school bond issue an early head start.
    That same high voter turnout, though, resulted in even more no votes in areas which have, in the past, been opposed to the bond issue, which would have funded the building of a new middle school and additions to the high school.

15 years ago

  • Vandals broke open an oil tank at White Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Maryville early Monday morning, spilling 600 gallons into the street. The oil eventually flowed to Peach Creek between Third and Fifth streets.
    This was the second oil spill in Maryville in the past year.
    “The water between Fifth and Third streets is pretty black right now, but the situation is under control,” Maryville city manager Matthew Chesnut said at last night’s city council meeting.
    No arrests have been made in the investigation, and Chesnut said no leads had developed yet in the case.
  • Facing a strict budget situation, the New Nodaway Humane Society has made leadership changes in recent months.
    The Humane Society’s board of directors fired facility director Sonya Roe in July. Roe had apparently hired a full-time assistant and other employees, beyond the capabilities of the budget.
    “We couldn’t afford to pay her salary and a full time assistant director and other employees and make it work,” board member Merla Findley said.
    The organization hired Cindy Nelson, of Arkoe, in mid-October to take over the position.

5 years ago

  • The table’s set, but there’s no one showing up for dinner. It’s a round table, draped with a white cloth, a single red rose, a matching red ribbon and a lit candle. The glass is inverted, and the chairs are empty. This table isn’t set for one person, but many — to honor fallen, missing or imprisoned military veterans.
    The Missing Man Table was set at the Commemorative Event of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War on Saturday at the American Legion Hall in Maryville.
    Jessie Smith, regent of the Nodaway chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, organized the event to honor past and present veterans.
    “It’s to give recognition to our veterans and to know that we appreciate them,” Smith said. “It’s because of the bravery and courage of all these veterans that we are allowed to have our freedom today.”

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