Forum Flashbacks Jan. 9-15

Fifteen years ago an owl was rescued after found frozen to the ground in Nodaway County after a rain and ice storm.


25 years ago

  • It took three decades for Maryville residents to realize their dream of having U.S. Highway 71 moved out of the city, but it took only a few hours to discover the route was dangerous.
    Two hours after the new highway opened, it recorded its first accident, at the intersection of highway 136 and Business Route 71 north of Maryville.
    Despite a number of accidents north of Maryville and at the intersection with U.S. 136, there have been no fatalities … yet.
    “We’ve told (Missouri Highway and Transportation Department officials) this is a fatality waiting to happen,” Maryville City Manager David Angerer said Thursday afternoon. “Can we slow (traffic) down before it happens?”
  • A Maryville man charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife appeared in court for the first time this morning, entering a plea of not guilty.
    William Taylor, 37, rural Maryville, sat silently as his attorney, Zel Fisher, entered a plea of not guilty to charges that Taylor murdered his wife, Debra Jo Taylor, by running over her with a combine Nov. 10 at a farm south of Maryville.

15 years ago

  • A young owl, found frozen to the ground and under attack by a hungry crow during last week’s ice storm, sat out Monday’s rain and ice in the comfort of a Maryville home.
    The juvenile owl survived the first critical days of the shock of near freezing and the stress of captivity. It has recovered its strength in preparation for a visit to a St. Joseph veterinarian to have a damaged wing inspected.
    According to David Hoy, who is tending the raptor prior to its transfer later this week to a veterinary clinic in St. Joseph for x-rays and possible treatment, the bird has responded well to captivity.
    “It’s eating mice and small rats, and has adjusted to its cage very well,” he said. “It appears alert and can be aggressive, which is a good sign for its survival.” …
    The owl was found last week by Hopkins resident Jim Brown. The animal was frozen to the grass along side a northwest Missouri highway, and appears to have a broken or damaged wing.
  • Zeb Stinnett leaned through a screen door into the cold northwest Missouri air Wednesday and spoke softly to two reporters from the New York Post, some of his first public words since his wife was murdered four weeks ago today. …
    “It’s been rough,” Stinnett told the Post of the past four weeks. But I just look at (the baby), pick her up, and that usually does it.”
    Lisa Montgomery, 36, of Melvern, Kan., is charged with strangling Bobbie Jo Stinnett with a rope and cutting the baby from her womb with a kitchen knife, according to an indictment issued Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

5 years ago

  • The Maryville City Council this week unanimously adopted a “resolution of intent” to proceed with the issuance of $25 million in Industrial Development Revenue Bonds that will be used to finance a major expansion at the Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp. USA factory, which self-annexed into the city limits last month.
    City Manager Greg McDanel said the 100,800-square-foot expansion could create as many as 30 new jobs at the factory.
  • A proposal to bring more dollars into the Children and Family Center of Northwest Missouri met with a mixed reception before the Maryville City Council this week, as the governing board sought to balance its sympathy with the domestic abuse shelter’s mission against its obligation to keep municipal fees at a reasonable level — even fees levied against people who have committed a crime.
    After an extended discussion, the council voted 4-1 to approve a $2 surcharge, which will produce an estimated $3,200 a year in support of center operations.

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