Forum Flashbacks

Forum Flashbacks: 15 years ago - Katie Lynn Wooten, right, helped kindergarten teacher Melissa Rolf organize supplies at Eugene Field Elementary School this week, in preparation for the first day of school today. Wooten and other students brought their supplies to school early to help ease the first-day hustle and bustle today.

25 years ago

  • For almost 40 years, Bob Hartman has been delivering mail to rural Maryville. Now he’s trading in his mailbag for a tackle box.
    Hartman is retiring from the Postal Service after 38 years and seven months of duty.
    You could say it was fate that led Hartman to the Postal Service.
    He had just gotten out of the Army when his brother and some friends decided to take the postal exam and asked him if he’d like to tag along.
    It wasn’t in his plans, but Hartman agreed and ended up passing the exam with flying colors. He was approved by a committee and chosen for the position.
    Hartman now looks back at his first day on the job — Jan. 12, 1957, as one of the proudest in his life.
    That day he brought mail to the boxes along rural route three and he’s been doing it ever since — until last Wednesday.
  • During opening arguments yesterday, the plans for William Taylor’s defense were laid out — an insanity plea.
    Defense attorney William Bunch will not deny the fact that Taylor rigged the combine which ran over his wife, Debra, causing her death.
  • Instead, the defense will bring an expert witness, psychiatrist Dr. William Logan, to testify Taylor wasn’t in his right mind when the Nov. 10 incident took place.
    Bunch described Taylor as “frantic” and “depressed” with thoughts of his wife’s alleged infidelity and an impending divorce.
    Bunch also said that due to Taylor’s mental defect, he “could not conform his conduct to the law.”

15 years ago

  • Members of two long-running civic clubs in Maryville recently voted to disband, leaving behind a large hole in northwest Missouri’s service community.
    The Maryville Kiwanis Club and the Maryville Soroptimist Club, both of which have seen reduced membership in recent years, disbanded.
    “People are just so busy with their own lives that they just don’t have time to get involved,” said Katy Gumm, former president of the Maryville Soroptimists. “I think all organizations are struggling because of that.”
    “We’re getting to the place where we’re all getting old,” said Gordon Garrett, a Kiwanis Club member and a past president. “In other words, we can’t get new members. We hated to give it up something terrible, but when you have to, you have to.”
    In a letter to the editor sent to the Forum, Kiwanis Club secretary Elaine Nichols said the club had been in existence for 50 years. During that time, Nichols said the club has worked to keep the money it raises in Nodaway County.

5 years ago

  • Maryville High School Principal Thom Alvarez started the school year with a bang Thursday morning, telling an all-student assembly on the first day of the 2015-16 academic year that MHS has achieved a bronze medal in the Best High Schools survey compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
    The distinction, the lowest of three levels of excellence bestowed by the media company, means that MHS is not ranked numerically among the state’s top high schools. That honor is reserved for gold and silver medal winners.
    However, the bronze medal still places Maryville High in the top third of all Missouri high schools rated in the survey. Of 533 high schools in Missouri’s 460 school districts, three received U.S. News gold medals, 22 earned silver, and 157 were awarded the bronze.
  • No one can say the Maryville City Council doesn’t dream big. The five-member governing board spent more than an hour Monday night listening to a detailed report for overhauling the often-congested South Main Street traffic corridor delivered by John Chamberlin, director of engineering for SK Design Group.
    If fully implemented - an effort that will likely take years - the three-phase, $12 million plan calls for transforming the retail artery into a smooth-flowing, tree-lined boulevard complete with new north-south and east-west connector/ feeder streets, aligned parking lot entrances, ample turning lanes, green space and sidewalks.

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