Forum Flashbacks: Nov. 28-Dec.4

With the flip of a switch Saturday night, downtown Maryville got a new look for the holiday season. The Nodaway County Courthouse is covered in holiday lights for the first time this year. The project, which is the result of a community-wide effort to light the structure, earned the recognition of the Maryville Citizens for Community Action’s Project Pride Committee for the month, in addition to the appreciation of the community’s downtown visitors.

25 years ago

  • One Nodaway County official will reimburse the county and another will have a pay increase removed from his paycheck as soon as possible in response to criticism from the Missouri State Auditor’s office.
    Nodaway County Assessor Pat Nelson said Wednesday afternoon he would reimburse the county the $333 which the auditor’s office claims he was overpaid in 1992. Nodaway County Sheriff Ben Espey said this morning he would have his paycheck reduced by the amount of the salary increase as soon as possible.
    Both men are among the nine county officials whose offices received pay increases in 1993 thanks to a Nodaway County Salary Commission meeting held Dec. 30, 1992. At that meeting, the salary commission voted to increase the salary of Nodaway County Coroner Earl Siebert by $3,500 in accordance with Senate Bill 580, which lawmakers approved earlier that year. In increasing Siebert’s salary, officials voted to keep their salaries at 100 percent of the amount allowed by law. While the vote to stay at 100 percent was not a vote to increase the dollar amounts paid to county officials, it resulted in a pay raise since the amount is based on the county’s assessed valuation, which had increased.

15 years ago

  • The Kansas City-area developer working to buy a Maryville shopping center could not attend a meeting of the city’s Tax-Increment Financing commission last night, but the commission held a brief meeting and the Maryville R-II School District issued information about how the proposed TIF district would affect the schools.
    “The school district stands to lose the most if a TIF district is approved,” the one-page document, titled “Budget Information,” stated.
    The proposed TIF district would cover the shopping center off South Main Street including Hy-Vee, Dollar General and other stores. The TIF designation would allow businesses in the district to renovate or remodel without an increased tax burden. School district officials have expressed concern that lowering businesses’ taxes would have a negative impact on the school.
  • Even his best friends say Leigh R. Wilson was a shy person, a loner by every definition of the word.
    But what they also say is that Brigadier Gen. Wilson would do anything and everything in his power to advance and promote the city of Maryville.
    Wilson, 84, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 28, at a hospital in Springfield, Mo., where he was being treated for pneumonia. …
    Wilson worked for years to attract industry and attention to Maryville and Northwest Missouri State, starting and serving on numerous boards and commissions since the 1960s.
    “He just worked his tail off for Maryville, and was so proud of everything that has happened here,” said Harold VanSickle, Wilson’s longtime friend and business associate. “He worked on everything, and I mean everything that made Maryville better.”

5 years ago

  • Some of the funds derived from the $10.25 million bond issue passed last April by R-II School District patrons will be used to remodel school entryways with an eye toward improving security.
    At Eugene Field Elementary School, a new main entryway will be added, and visitors will be required to sound a buzzer before entering the building.
    Administrative offices at Maryville High School will be relocated to the west side of the building and configured so as to make guests pass through the main office in order to enter.
    A buzzer-activated entry system will also be installed at Maryville Middle School.
  • City of Maryville officials were hopeful that traffic congestion along South Main Street — and especially at the South Avenue intersection — would ease Wednesday afternoon after a new radar-based traffic signal control system went online.
    The system, purchased for around $25,000 from Mid American Signal of Kansas City, Kansas, is supposed to reduce the maximum vehicle wait time at the intersection from approximately 160 seconds — more than two and a half minutes — to around 42 seconds.

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