2018 In The News

Regional Council sets open dates for county's Hazardous Waste Site

MARYVILLE, Mo. — According to a release from the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, the first open date for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Site, located at the Nodaway County Maintenance Barn, 1516 E. Halsey Street, has been set for 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Future open Saturdays include Oct. 5 and Nov. 2.

The collection site serves the residents of the Solid Waste Management District, which includes Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties. 

The drop-off service is free to residents of those five counties only and proper identification is required.

Commercial and business waste are not accepted. 

Examples of acceptable items: household chemicals (bleach, ammonia and cleaners), fertilizers, pesticides, brake fluid, transmission fluid, household waxes, Ni-cad, lithium, and lead acid batteries, compact fluorescent light bulbs, florescent tubes, antifreeze, oil base paint and varnish. 

The Regional Council asks that household hazardous wastes not be mixed together and that they are kept in their original containers. 

Latex paint is not accepted. 

Instead, it is requested that latex paint be dried out and placed in the trash. 

Call Cassie Hasekamp, community and environmental planner, at 660-582-5121, Ext. 4, for more information.

Brochures explaining acceptable items and restrictions are available at the Nodaway County Administration Building or at the Regional Council office, 114 W. Third St. 

Nodaway-Holt starts new year with new additions, 12 attending preschool

GRAHAM, Mo. — With a partnership for early child care and a high school taking shape before students' eyes, the watchword this school year at Nodaway-Holt is “new.”

A new partnership with the Head Start program has brought preschool back to the district after a brief hiatus. 

In an email to The Forum, Superintendent Jeff Blackford said he was pleased the district was able to provide the service again.

“The district had preschool a few years ago but were not able to sustain the service,” Blackford said. “With our partnership with Head Start we are able to provide again.”

Twelve children are currently enrolled in the program, which is held in the afternoons at the elementary school in Maitland.

Across the county line, the new high school in Graham wasn't fully completed in time for the new school year, but Blackford said he thinks as long as the weather holds up, the remaining parts of the interior could still be ready by the last estimated date of Oct. 1.

Currently, students are using the lunchroom section, but the bathrooms are not finished. 

Blackford said the floor install is scheduled to be completed this week.

In other Nodaway-Holt news, the district set its tax levy at $4.3029 per $100 of assessed valuation, an increase of $0.168 over last year.

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